Paul Webb, Jr.,
Class of 1961
After completing his Master's Degree in Physics at Georgia State
Paul (AHS Class of '61) began a forty-year career in the scientific
instrument industry, devoting the last thirty years to the physical
characterization of particulate matter. Soon recognizing the need of
researchers for more information about instrument design and the
theory of measurement, he began regularly to publish on the subject.
In the late 1990's, collaborating with Prof. Clyde Orr (Ga. Tech,
retired), they decided to consolidate their knowledge on the subject
in the form of a text book.
Although the subject is highly specialized, the book has been widely
used over the years and continues to be cited in research papers,
today. While the original text is still in print, work on a second,
expanded edition is underway.
Since the vast majority of people have neither knowledge of nor
interest in this area of science, the following (examples)
may suffice, but almost any material could be placed in the
parentheses as the example. The book explains how various
instruments are designed to measure the surface area of a grain of (cosmetic
powder), to measure the opening size and volume of pores
bone), to determine the sizes and number of grains in (a
gram of pharmaceutical powder) and to perform other
physical measurements that may seem of limited practicality, but, in
fact, greatly affect the properties and applications of almost all
natural and manufactured materials.
Semi-retired, Paul continues to contribute articles on particle
book can be ordered from any bookstore, but the price varies, typically
around $110 per copy.
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