Thomas L. Joseph

AIME J.E. Johnson, Jr. Award in 1927

Thomas L. Joseph was born in Beaver, Utah in 1894 and received his Masters degree from the University of Utah in 1917. He served in the Ordnance Corps of the U. S. Army from October 1917 to January 1919.

Upon discharge from the Army, he entered the service of the U. S. Bureau of Mines. In August 1919 he was assigned to the Minneapolis station of the Bureau where he began to study the blast furnace process by means of laboratory experiments and observations on conditions in the shaft of experimental furnaces. Channeled gas flow, first observed . in small furnaces and later in full scale units, showed a great need for sizing the burden.