Dr. Graham Morrison joined NBS in 1980, as a research chemist who specialized in identifying alternatives to ozone-damaging refrigerants. He graduated from Lehigh University and received his doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University.
At a time before the potential damaging effects of refrigerants was clearly understood, Morrison's early research focused on identifying the measurements that should be made to quickly and efficiently study the thermophysical properties of refrigerants. His research was instrumental in developing NIST's program on alternative refrigerants.
In 1985 Morrison began publishing papers on the properties of refrigerant mixtures; one of the most important was the 1986 NBS Technical Note 1226, "applications of a Hard Sphere Equation of State to Refrigerants and Refrigerant Mixtures," co-authored with Dr. Mark McLinden. The computer program REFPROP that he coauthored has become a standard for scientists and engineers that are designing new, environmentally friendly refrigerators, heat pumps, and air conditioners.
Among the awards Morrison received as the result of his work were the prestigious NIST Applied Research Award (joint with Mark McLinden), the Department of Commerce Silver Medal, and the Measurement Service Award.
Outside the lab, Graham was a volunteer researcher, radio program developer, and reader for the programs that assisted visually and physically handicapped.