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Baily (Norman) Papers
MSS 0233  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Norman A. Baily Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0233
    Physical Description: 6.8 Linear feet (17 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1947 - 1992
    Abstract: Papers of Norman Arthur Baily (1915-1992), medical physicist, who devoted his career to radiological physics and engineering, focusing on medical imaging, experimental and theoretical work in dosimetry, and therapeutic uses of radiology. The collection includes memos and correspondence relating to medical physics organizations and Baily's editorial work for Medical Physics, lecture notes for his teaching at UC San Diego, and drafts and reprints.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Norman Arthur Baily (1915-1992), medical physicist, who devoted his career to radiological physics and engineering, focusing on medical imaging, experimental and theoretical work in dosimetry, and therapeutic uses of radiology. The collection includes memos and correspondence relating to medical physics organizations and Baily's editorial work for Medical Physics, lecture notes for his teaching at UC San Diego, and drafts and reprints. There is little documentation of Baily's work at Columbia and Emory universities, of his military employment with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, or of his involvement in the Medical Physics Program at UCLA (1952-1967). The collection does provide thorough documentation of Baily's career at UC San Diego, beginning in 1968 when he accepted the position of Professor of Radiology and Chief of Radiological Physics and Engineering at the UCSD School of Medicine.
    Arranged in six series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS AND RESEARCH, 4) TEACHING, 5) ORGANIZATIONS, and 6) CONSULTING.

    Biography

    Norman Arthur Baily (1915-1992), was born in New York. He completed a B.A. in science at St. John's University in 1941, an M.A. in education at New York University in 1943, and a Ph.D. in physics at Columbia University in 1952. Baily devoted his career to radiological physics and engineering. He was recognized as having made equally strong contributions to research, teaching, and the medical physics profession. His research focused on the use of diagnostic tools for obtaining images of organs and their functions, particularly those using ultrasound which avoided the use of ionizing radiation, and for improving the safety of techniques that did require ionizing radiation.
    His first academic appointment was at the University of Buffalo where he was an associate of the Radiology Department (1954-1959) and assistant research professor of biophysics (1957-1959). He was also chief physicist and principal cancer research scientist in the Radiation Therapy Department of Buffalo's Roswell Park Memorial Institute (1954-1995). In addition, Baily was lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Canisius College during this same period (1957-1995).
    He left Buffalo for Los Angeles to become manager of the Space Sciences Department, Hughes Research Laboratories (1959-1967), becoming concurrently employed from 1964-1968 in UCLA's Radiology Department as clinical professor and professor-in-residence. He spent 1967 at Emory University as professor of physics and radiology.
    In 1968, Baily came to UCSD and served as Professor of Radiology and Chief of the Division of Radiological Physics and Engineering until 1988 when he retired with the distinction of emeritus professor. His research was supported by grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1968-1973; 1973-1975), the Atomic Energy Commission (1974-1975), and the National Institutes of Health (1975-1978). Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Baily held several visiting professorships of nuclear research and oncology.
    Baily made considerable contributions to the professional community of medical physics, most notably by his participation in the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), to which he was elected a fellow in 1988. He helped found the AAPM's Southern California Chapter and was acknowledged for his contributions in 1986 with the creation of the Norman A. Baily Student Research Award. Perhaps more profound and far reaching were his efforts in establishing standards for state licensing of medical physicists, the development of quality assurance for use of radiological equipment, and the training of medical physicists.
    Baily was an associate editor of Medical Physics from its inception in 1976 until his death. He served on at least 70 committees related to both education and safety in radiation physics. He published more than 200 articles on nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, and diagnostic imaging between 1947 and 1992.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Norman A. Baily Papers, MSS 233. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1992

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Radiology, medical -- Study and teaching
    Medical physics -- Study and teaching
    Oncology
    Quality assurance
    Diagnostic imaging
    Radiation dosimetry
    Radiotherapy
    Echocardiography
    Baily, Norman -- Archives
    American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    University of California, San Diego -- Faculty -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. Medical Center -- Faculty -- Archives