Dr. Charles Eric Henry “was one of the five original Ph.D.s” who put together the technology that standardized the recording, interpretation and reporting of EEGs, said Dr. Nelson Richards, retired clinical professor of neurology.
An EEG can help determine an epileptic seizure, comatose or brain dead, head trauma and brain functions while under anesthesia. It can study sleep disorders, and recently it is used in consumer headset devices too like Emotiv EPOC or NeuroSky MindSet.
The EEG concept came about in the 1920s. Testing began in the late 1920s and evolved. Dr. Henry started in his specialty with EEG sleep studies in children. The Minneapolis native grew up in Fresno, Calif., earned bachelor and doctorate degrees in psychology from Fresno State College and State University of Iowa, respectively.
After the war, he went to Chicago, where he worked as a psychophysiologist at the Institute for Juvenile Research. In 1948, he moved to Hartford, Conn., where he was an electroencephalographer at the Institute of Living and at Hartford Hospital.
Dr. Henry served as director of the EEG lab at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio from 1963 until 1980, when he came to Richmond, where he became professor of neurology and chief of neurophysiology at what now is McGuire VA Medical Center, retiring when he was 85.
He was former president of the American EEG Society, the largest professional group for that specialty in the nation, and chaired the American Board of Registration of EEG Technologists.
Dr. Henry died December 30, 2010. at age 95.