In this informative and insightful interview, Harry L. Davis recounts some of the major events in his distinguished human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) career and as cofounder of the first HF/E department devoted to nonmilitary applications in U.S. industry: the Human Factors Group at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York.
Harry was responsible for improving manufacturing jobs at Kodak and began exploring the physical demands on workers in some of these jobs. The Human Factors Group flourished under Harry’s management as he expanded its scope to include not only the study of various types of jobs but also user-centered product design. Harry hired people with a wide variety of backgrounds, fostering a multidisciplinary approach that influenced not only the culture at Kodak but the entire profession.
Harry expressed his passion for helping people through his HF/E work to the very end of his life, even working from his hospital bed. This interview was conducted shortly before his death in 2003.
Through this interview, the viewer gains an appreciation for the challenges in establishing credibility for the HF/E field, learns of a compelling personal history, and perhaps can relate to many of the same issues facing researchers and practitioners today. The video is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students in the field as well as professionals interested in the roots of the human factors/ergonomics profession.