Ralph Barnes was born in Clifton Mills, West Virginia on October 17, 1900.
He went to West Virginia University for his BS (1923) and his ME(1928). He received his MS (1924) and PhD. (1933) from Cornell University.
Ralph was the first recipient of a PhD (1933) in Industrial Engineering from Cornell, and also the first in the United States.
He worked in US window Glass (1923), Bausch and Lomb Optical Co, (1924-25), and Gleason Works (1925-26). He also worked in Eastman Kodak during 1926-30.
He taught at the University of Illinois (1926-28), the University of Iowa (1928-1949, and UCLA from 1949-1968, and was a professor emeritus until the 80s. He died in Los Angeles November 4, 1984.
Research papers by R.M Barnes - University of Iowa
He wrote the popular text book "Motion and Time Study" which is still in print by John Wiley and Sons.
He was awarded the Gilbreth medal.
During World War II he did consulting on the layout for the Hanford Nuclear Plant and worked for Armstrong Cork Company which made wings for the Corsair airplane.
Updated 13 June 2015
First published 4 Oct 2013