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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Henry P. G. Darcy and Other Pioneers in Hydraulics

Authors
item Brown, Glenn - OKLA. STATE UNIV.
item GARBRECHT, JURGEN
item Hager, Willi - ETHZ, SWITZERLAND

Submitted to: American Society of Civil Engineers
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 5, 2003
Publication Date: December 31, 2003
Citation: Brown, G.O., Garbrecht, J.D., Hager, W.H., editors. American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA. Henry P. G. Darcy and Other Pioneers in Hydraulics: Contributions in Celebration of the 200th Birthday of Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy. 2003. 310 p.

Interpretive Summary: June 10th, 2003 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy (1803-1858), a skilled engineer, public servant, and community leader. Darcy's research greatly contributed to today's understanding of flow in canals, pipes and in the soil. His work established fundamental principles in the fields of surface flow, ground-water hydrology, soil physics, and petroleum engineering. In celebration of his anniversary, this book presents selected contributions by both Darcy and other pioneers in hydraulic history. Seven papers describe Darcy's achievements and legacy, with a paper by Darcy's descendent and namesake. Additional essays on contributions of other pioneers in water resources history are included. Historical developments in pumping equipment in medieval Europe and the USA in the 19th century, dam failures, and the hydraulic engineering collection at the Smithsonian Institution are also reviewed. Finally, the history of the hydraulics program at Colorado State University, St. Anthony Falls, and USDA-ARS laboratories is presented.

Technical Abstract: June 10th, 2003 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy (1803-1858). While best known for his research findings of Darcy's Law and the Darcy-Weisbach Equation, he was also a skilled engineer, public servant, and community leader. In celebration of the anniversary, this publication is a collection of 20 peer-reviewed contributions that address both Darcy and other pioneers in hydraulic history. Seven papers describe Darcy's achievements and legacy, and include a paper contributed by Darcy's descendent and namesake. Additional essays address the contributions of Henry Bazin, G√ľnther Garbrecht, Hans Einstein, Victor Streeter, Carl Kindsvater, and Floyd Nagler. Historical developments in pumping equipment in medieval Europe and the USA in the 19th century, dam failures due to uplift, and the hydraulic engineering collection at the Smithsonian Institution are also reviewed. Finally, the history of the hydraulics program at Colorado State University, St. Anthony Falls, and USDA-ARS laboratories is presented.

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