Obituary: Ed Aslan

In our last issue, we reported on the death of Mr. Ed Aslan, who had been a member of The Bioelectromagnetics Society in the past. 


BEMS Treasurer Phil Chadwick reports that Mr. Aslan was the early brains behind Narda, the market-leader in RF hazard probes & meters, noting that “much of what Ed did was at the cutting edge of innovation.”  Mr. Aslan held numerous United States Patents, many of which were extended to foreign patents. As an example of his work, as an employee of Narda, Mr. Aslan worked quickly to solve a problem posed by the US National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute for Standards and Technology). In approximately one month he developed the prototype of the Narda Model 8100 portable microwave radiation detector, consisting of a probe to absorb radiofrequency waves, connected to a meter.


Mr. Aslan published over thirty-nine papers relating to microwave power or power density measurement.  Two of his inventions received the industrial Research 100 Award as one of the one hundred most significant new products for the years  1969 and  1976, respectively.  Mr. Aslan was also a fellow of the International Microwave Power Institute,  a life member  of  the IEEE, and had been an active member of the IEEE/ANSI  C95 Sub-committee on Instrumentation Of Electromagnetic  Radiation Hazards,  and Safety Levels With Respect To Humans.


Edward Aslan earned a BEE degree from New York University in 1951.  He served as Communications Officer in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict.  After his release from activity duty as Captain, he was involved in the design and development of microwave test equipment.  He provided training courses on microwave radiation at the U.S. Department Of Labor, the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Training Institute, the Radiological Health Branch Training Institute, and the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.


Another BEMS member noted that Mr. Aslan “was a very nice man, very competent, but low keyed about it, and he talked with everyone as a fellow scientist, without regard to scientific 'side' they may be on.”  


Mr. Aslan was married, with three children and lived in Plainview, New York.   He was 83 at the time of his death.