Alabama Academy of Honor


Sabert Oglesby, Jr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1999, 2002, and 2000.



Sabert Oglesby, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 14, 1921, the son of Sabert Oglesby and Myrtle Dunn Oglesby.

Mr. Oglesby graduated from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham. In 1943 he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and in 1951 he received an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

From 1943 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a radar officer. In 1946 he began his career with Southern Research Institute, where he played a leading role in the development of the electric heat pump. From 1948 to 1951 he was an instructor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Perdue University, before returning in 1951 to Southern Research Institute. He served SRI in various capacities as research engineer and administrator, section head, department head, vice president, and president. He retired in 1987 and served for many years as president emeritus. Mr. Oglesby earned an international reputation in air pollution control, particularly in the area of heavy industry emissions. He was the author of numerous papers and books.

Mr. Oglesby was also a leader in both professional and civic organizations from the local to the international level. He was the founder and former president of the International Society for Electrostatic Precipitation, served on two U.S. State Department Committees, and was a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He served in various offices including president of the Birmingham Music Club and as a member of the Alabama Symphony Board of Directors. He was also an active member and former board member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.

Sabert Oglesby, Jr. married Carolyn Vance Oglesby, and they had one son, Donald Thomas Oglesby.

Mr. Oglesby passed away on January 29, 2011.