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Editorial: European Conference on Thermophysical Properties Award for Life-Time Achievements 2014
Carlos Nieto de Castro

William M. (Mickey) Haynes, Scientist Emeritus of the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado, was the 2014 recipient of the ECTP Award for Life Time Achievements. This Award is given for well-defined original scientific achievements in Thermophysics over an extended period of time and the work honoured may be theoretical or experimental, covering any physical state and/or temperature range.

Mickey Haynes joined the National Bureau of Standards (NBS as NIST was then called) in 1970 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, with an experimental programme on the viscosity of cryogenic fluids. In 1972 Dr. Haynes became a permanent staff member involved in research on the measurements and correlations of the thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures of scientific and industrial interest, namely on properties of natural gas, cryogenic fluids, air, alternative refrigerants, and ammonia/water systems. Dr. Haynes was responsible for the development of state-of-the-art experimental apparatus, such as magnetic suspension densimeters and torsional crystal viscometers. From 1985 to 1995 he was group leader of the Properties of Fluids Group in the Thermophysics Division at NIST, becoming Deputy Chief of the Thermophysics Division in 1989. In 1994 Dr. Haynes went on to become Assistant Director of the NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, and in 1999, Chief of the Physical and Chemical Properties Division.

After retiring in 2003, Mickey Haynes continued to be connected with NIST as a Scientist Emeritus, being involved in various capacities in the international Thermophysical properties community. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Thermophysics since 1997, Dr Haynes served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, Cryogenics, and the Review of Scientific Instruments. Mickey Haynes was Chair and Organizer of the 13th and 14th Symposia on Thermophysical Properties in 1997 and 2000, and president of the Executive Board of THERMO International 2006 responsible for organization of the joint conferences of the 16th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, the 19th International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics, and the 61st Calorimetry Conference. Dr. Haynes has been Editor-in-Chief of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics since 2010 (91st Edition), the most widely distributed and internationally recognized source for reliable reference data for physical and chemical properties. Dr. Haynes is the author of 80 refereed publications, including papers, NBS/NIST monographs and several books. He is a member of prestigious professional societies, namely the American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Chemical Society and American Society for Testing and Materials.

In 1994 and in 2002 Dr. Haynes received the Department of Commerce Silver Medals for his technical contributions to and leadership of the physical and chemical properties program at NIST. Dr. Haynes was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999.

“Dr. Haynes has been a nucleus for international collaboration, a focal point for developments in the broad community, and a symbol of excellence in fluid properties research throughout the globe” (Dan Friend, 2014), and in Jan Sengers opinion “there is no living person on earth who has done more than Dr. Haynes in strengthening and unifying the international thermophysics community and enhancing its international reputation” (2014). William Wakeham wrote that “I first met Mickey at NBS, Boulder in 1970 when he was working in the laboratory concerned with cryogenic fluids and magnetic suspension densimeters. Since that time he has been an integral and important part of the world-wide thermophysics community” (2014).

In addition, Mickey Haynes led international collaborations towards the establishment of global consensus property information in the arenas of natural gas properties and refrigerants. The comprehensive programme in natural gas systems helped establish the system of national and international standards that ultimately serve as the basis for custody transfer of natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and natural gas liquids (NGL). Mickey’s leadership of a large-scale internationally cooperative programme contributed to the collection of data and models needed to identify and establish the thermophysical properties of environmentally acceptable alternative refrigerants to the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that have been implicated in stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming (Dan Friend, 2014).

All of us in the thermophysics community have in Mickey a friend, a counselor and a scientific promoter. When I first met him in Boulder in 1980, as a Fulbright-Hays guest scientist, I remember his warm welcome and his knowledge of cryogenics and instrumentation. His permanent defense of Thermophysics Conferences, in USA, Europe and Asia, and their interchange and parallel development stays as a mark in our field.

The award was presented at the ECTP 2014, held at Porto, Portugal, on September 5, 2014.

Carlos Nieto de Castro
September 2014

The editors and publisher of HTHP warmly congratulate Mickey Haynes on his very significant achievement.

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