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An Award-Worthy Legacy

The late electrical engineering professor Carl Barus taught at Swarthmore from 1952 to 1985. He was always special to his students, whom he and wife Bunty were fond of entertaining at their home.  


In 1978, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers created The Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest. According to the website, it’s “conferred upon engineers or other technical professionals in recognition of courageous actions to protect the public health, safety, or welfare, despite risk to their professional career”—a fitting tribute to this kind, wise man.