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Ray Bartnikas (S'56, M58, SM'69, F'77) was born on January, 25, 1936. He received the B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Ont., Canada, in 1958. He received the M.Eng. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering in 1962 and 1964 respectively from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 1958, he joined the Cable Development Laboratories, Northern Electric Company, Ltd. (now Northern Telecom), Lachine, Canada, where he carried out research work on ionization discharges in dielectric cavities and dielectric losses in insulating materials of the type employed in cables. In 1963 he joined the Northern Electric Research and Development Laboratories (now Bell-Northern Laboratories), Ottawa, Ont., Canada, where he continued his work on ionization discharges and dielectrics, becoming increasingly involved in thin-film dielectrics with application to integrated circuits and semiconductor devices. In 1968, he joined the Institut de Recherche, d'Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, where he is engaged in research on dielectric materials.
Dr. Bartnikas is the author of many papers in the area of dielectrics and gaseous discharges. He is the editor of the ASTM monograph series Engineering Dielectrics and two books entitled Elements of Cable Engineering and Power Cable Engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ecole Polytechnique, and McGill University.
Dr. Bartnikas is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Quebec, a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Institute of Physics (UK), IEEE and the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science). He held the position of chairman of the ASTM Committee on Electrical Insulating Materials and served as president of the IEEE Electrical Insulation Society. He is Chairman of the Committee on Electrical Insulation of the Canadian Standards Association and Committee TC15B on Endurance Tests of the International Electrotechnical Commission.
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