April 17 marks the annual celebration of James Harrison Day. In honour of the Australian pioneer of refrigeration, AIRAH encourages worldwide recognition of the many people and organisations working in HVAC&R.
Although the presence of refrigeration technology is everywhere today, few know of Harrison’s accomplishments – or even his name.
A figurehead for AIRAH (our national office is the James Harrison Centre and we bestow the James Harrison Medal in recognition of the highest levels of individual achievement), we encourage all members and the public to join us in celebrating his important scientific and societal contributions.
The following excerpt, detailing Harrison’s life, was originally published in the AIRAH Journal, July 1997: