William K. Wilson, a retiree of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, formerly the national Bureau of Standards) where he headed the Paper Evaluation Section, will receive the 1994 TAPPI Process & Product Quality Division Technical Award and Richard S. Hunter Prize in the amount of $1,000. The award will be presented at the Process & Product Quality Conference, October 17-20 in Savannah.
Wilson has been a member of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry) since 1953, and of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) since 1951. In TAPPI he chaired the Chemical Methods Committee and made many contributions to all of the current TAPPI Test Methods involving paper permanence, including fiber composition, chemical tests, pH, alkaline reserve, and moist and dry accelerated aging. In ASTM he chairs Subcommittee D 6.20, Specifications for Paper for Permanent Records, which has developed five standards. He received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of Fellow in 1989.
Wilson was active in the work of Technical Committee 6 (Pulp and Paper) in the International Organization for Standardization, ISO, and chaired a Working Group on Accelerated Aging. Currently he is a member of the U.S. Advisory Group to ISO/TC 6, and a guest worker at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC.