Joseph Austin Holmes

Joseph Austin Holmes (January 23, 1859 – July 15, 1915) was a geologist and occupational safety and health pioneer, best known as the first director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He is the namesake of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association created in 1916.

Joseph Austin Holmes
Born(1859-01-23)January 23, 1859
DiedJuly 13, 1915(1915-07-13) (aged 56)
Alma materCornell University (1881)
Spouse(s)Margaret C Holmes
Scientific career
InstitutionsU.S. Bureau of Mines (19101915)
U.S. Geological Survey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

He contracted tuberculosis in 1914 and died of the disease in Denver, Colorado on July 13, 1915.[1]


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