In recognition of one of the all-time key public works professionals, the City of Baltimore and the Chapter are hosting a guest lecturer who will discuss Abel Wolman and his contributions to society. Howard Rosen, PhD, Program Director in Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the guest lecturer. Prof. Rosen has studied Abel Wolman for many years and has spoken at numerous venues about this giant of the industry.
Mr. Wolman was born, lived and died in Baltimore, Maryland. His career began in 1915 and ended with his death in 1989. He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1915. Mr. Wolman believed strongly in joining engineering practice with scientific theory. His personal research work with a university chemist, and then his association with Johns Hopkins University reflected his commitment to scientific research and his efforts to bring the benefits of the latest scientific work into engineering. Wolman was also an active participant in persuading the public and elected officials to support effective public works programs, with meeting opposition to chlorination one of his first battlefields.
He was a dues-paying member of more than 100 professional associations and served as President of the American Public Health Association (1939) and the American Water Works Association (1942). Wolman was an Honorary Member of 17 different national and international bodies, including the American Public Works Association. In 1986 the City of Baltimore dedicated the Abel Wolman Municipal Building in recognition of his extraordinary service to the community. APWA's Public Works Historical Society presents the Abel Wolman Award each year to the author of the book judged to have made the best contribution to the field of public works. Wolman himself was the author of four books and 338 articles. His first paper was published in 1916, and his last appeared in 1987.
Sponsors of the Abel Wolman Guest Lecture will have their names prominently displayed at the opening session where Prof. Rosen will speak. Don’t hesitate to support the Chapter with this unique opportunity to continue and recognize the impact of Mr. Wolman.