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Barbara Kerr and Sherry Cole

Barbara Kerr (left) with Sherry Cole

Barbara Kerr was one of the primary founders of the current solar cooking movement. In the early 1970s she and her friend Sherry Cole designed a cardboard solar box cooker and an early solar wall oven. She later helped develop a panel-type solar cooker known as the CooKit. Barbara was a founding board member of Solar Cookers International. She co-founded the Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona (USA), where numerous solar applications and sustainable practices can still be learned. Barbara received the "Women in Solar Energy" award from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in July of 2006. The award "recognizes a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar by any of the following means: advocacy, education, technical efforts, contracting or implementing social change."

Barbara Prosser Kerr, 86, passed away peacefully at home on April 2, 2012. Her obituary.


Recipient of Women in Solar Energy Award

The Women in Solar Energy Award was designed to recognize a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar by any of the following means: advocacy, education, technical efforts, contracting or implementing social change. Barbara Prosser Kerr is recognized as one of the primary founders of the solar cooking movement. In the early 1970s she designed an early cardboard box cooker, an early solar wall oven and a solar panel cooker known as the Cookit. Solar cookers are in widespread use in Africa and elsewhere, especially in refugee camps, both to cook food and to pasteurize unsanitary water. These designs are currently used and promoted by Solar Cookers International, of which Kerr was a founding board member. She cofounded the Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Ariz., at which numerous solar applications and sustainable practices can still be learned.

Audio and video

A Day In The Sun Part I07:54

A Day In The Sun Part I

A Day In The Sun Part II chronicles the events of the 1990 Tucson Solar Potluck. Segements include interviews with Barbara Kerr and Sherry Cole, inventors of the Kerr-Cole Solar Box Cooker, which begins at 5:00.


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Books by Barbara Kerr

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