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Franz J. Maier papers 1950-1980
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Biographical/Historical Note

Franz J. Maier was a sanitary engineer with the PHS Dept. of Dental Health. Collection devoted exclusively to fluoridation of drinking water. Includes reprints on fluoridation, water standards, fluorspar; files devoted to fluoridation equipment and plants; information on patents, fluoridation laws; reports on fluoridation on municipal and national levels (including central and south American countries); several issues of both American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of the American Water Works Association; also some interspersed photographs and correspondence. F. J. Maier was born in Royersford, PA in 1909. He graduated from Lehigh University, and received his masters in chemical engineering from Harvard. He joined the Public Health Service in 1932, and was a consulting sanitary engineer based in Maryland, specializing in the study of water fluoridation. He was the sanitary engineer director at the US Public Health Service's Division of Dental Health. He also worked for the Pan American Health Organization. In 1963, he retired from the Public Health Service (with the rank of captain) as chief of laboratory research on fluoridation. During his retirement years, he was a consultant for the World Health Organization. He passed away in 1988.