This Day In History: 1933-03-07
Dr. Robert F. James of Mahwah was the featured speaker at a meeting of bacteriologists, physicians and public health authorities at the Engineering Auditorium in New York City. Dr. James and Dr. Harvey C. Renyschler had jointly developed a lamp which killed bacteria and other microorganisms. Both are on the staff of the Westinghouse Corporation, where Dr. Rentschler is research director. The new lamp, which costs about 1/3 as much as a 25 watt lamp to operate, completely sterilized air, food and utensils after a brief contact. The new lamp had been tried at the meat department of Scherer and Co. in Mahwah for the previous year. It had also reduced post-op native deaths caused by airborne infection since it began to be used in the Duke University Hospital operating room, in Durham, N. C. Dr. James had developed a lamp for killing molds when he worked for Detroit Edison. He joined forces with Dr. Renschleider when he came to work for Westinghouse and the new lamp resulted after eight years of development.