About the Authors
DAVID H. SLINEY: PhD., Physicist, Laser Institute of America Dr. Sliney was the U. S. military expert for many years on damage to soldiers skin & eyes from UV, whether from the sun’s UV bouncing off water or white sands or emanating from laser beams or explosions. He is one of the authors of the ACGIH TLVs (American Conference of Government & Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values) for ultraviolet exposure, Sliney is considered by many to be the world’s top expert on the subject. He now represents the USA on many international lighting committees as standards are being harmonized across the globe.
He received his B.S. in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in physics and radiological health from Emory University, and his Ph.D. in biophysics and medical physics from the University of London, Institute of Ophthalmology. He was the Manager of the Laser/Optical Radiation Program at the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine for many years until retiring in 2007.
His research interests focus on subjects related to UV effects upon the eye, laser-tissue interactions, laser hazards and laser applications in medicine and surgery. He served as member, advisor and chairman of numerous committees and institutions, which are active in the establishment of safety standards for protection against non-ionizing radiation in particular from lasers and other high-intensity optical sources (ANSI, ISO, ACGIH, IEC, WHO, NCRP, and ICNIRP). He was a Fulbright Scholar to Yugoslavia in 1977 and received the Schawlow Award from the LIA in 2005 and the Wilkening Award in 2004. He co-authored the 1000-page handbook, "Safety with Lasers and Other Optical Sources," Plenum Publishing Corp., New York, 1980. He served as President of the American Society for Photobiology, 2008-2009. Specialties: Physics, Radiometry, Medical Physics, Biophysics, laser applications in medicine and surgery, vision science, ophthalmic optics.
DAVID W. GILBERT II: President Gilbert Industries, Inc. Recievied his B.A. degree in philosophy from Arkansas State University in 1981,. David joined his father, the pioneer of industrial insect light traps, Donald E. Gilbert (1926-1993) as head of R&D at Don Gilbert Industries, Inc. since 1981. David authored the chapter on Insect Electrocutor Light Traps in the 1984 book, Insect Management for Food Storage and Processing, Fred J. Baur, Editor and was editor of the book, Gilbert Sponsored Insect Electocuting Light Trap Research by Donald E.Weidhaas, et. al. in 1986. David has been President of Gilbert Industries since 1993.
TERRY LYON: PhD., Physicist 2010-Present. Consulting physicist for health and safety hazard analysis of optical radiation sources including lasers and broadband optical radiation sources. Services are provided based upon NIST traceable radiometric measurements. Also maintained are a library of exposure standards, an extensive radiometry laboratory, an electronics laboratory, and a wide variety of fabrication tools.
1980-2009. Selected to organize (at the direction of the DoD Director for Safety and Occupational Health Policy) and then served as periodic Chairman and senior technical and later historic advisor of the DoD Laser System Safety Working Group (LSSWG). The LSSWG consists of health and safety technical professionals representing the various military services to jointly refine policies, address DoD-wide problems and to develop guidance for the control of hazards to health from lasers and high intensity optical radiation sources. The LSSWG's primary vision is to prevent injuries to personnel using laser and high intensity light sources. The LSSWG has a long list of accomplishments and is the oldest surving working group within DoD.
1973-2009. Physicist, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Authored over 1,000 technical reports and consultations on laser and broadband optical radiation source health hazards. Selected as Master Consultant, 8 Apr 1992. Selected as the first recipient of the Joseph Lovell Award, 21 Mar 1980.
1971-1973. Military Service in Army Science and Engineering Program at U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Conducted research into short pulse duration measurements of flash x-ray sources using laser beam absorption within an irradiated chemical sample cell.