Updated 18-XI-2018

Marjorie Brines

This article was written by fellow lamp engineer and collector Edward J. Covington, and originally appeared on his own website of biographical sketches of persons involved in the lamp industry. Following his passing in February 2017, and with kind permission of his family, Ed's words have been preserved here in the hope of maintaining access to his writings for the benefit of subsequent generations.

Marjorie Brines

On 3 June 1930 Marjorie Brines was born in Oak Park, Illinois. A Bachelor of Science degree was awarded to her in 1951 from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry was then earned in 1953 from Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Indiana.

Miss Brines started her work experience with GE on the Chem-Met Program in September, 1953 and remained on the program for one year. From September, 1954 to September 1990 she worked at the Chemical Products Plant, after which she retired.

When Marjorie Brines started at the Chemical Products Plant in 1954 she became part of a newly-organized team that developed and produced television phosphors for Electronics Park in Syracuse, New York. In addition to being used in television sets the phosphors were also sold to Motorola, Zenith and Westinghouse.

In the 1960s Miss Brines was part of the team that developed electroluminescent lighting for the Moon Rover which was used during the moon landing activities in 1969.

Again, as part of a team, she contributed to the work required to bring a new X-ray phosphor (lanthanum oxybromide) to market in the 1970s that resulted in reduced radiation doses to the patient by at least 50%.

Two patents were issued to Marjorie Brines. Both dealt with rare-earth oxyhalide phosphors which were used in X-ray applications.

Through the years Marjorie Brines was involved in phosphor research, engineering development, manufacturing engineering, documentation, quality control and testing as well as customer applications of phosphors for electronic electroluminescence, X-ray, and specialty lamp devices. Her work also involved luminescent-grade chemicals. As retirement time approached Miss Brine's work dealt with rare-earth chemicals and phosphors.

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