Arthur Powell Davis, American civil engineer. member of the board of engrs. reporting on flood control in China, 1914; member joint conference on standard specifications for Portland cement, 5 years; Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Washington Society Engineers (president 1907; member 1923).
Topographer United States Geological Survey, 1884-1894, conducting surveys and explorations in Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Hydrographer in charge of all government stream measurements, 1895-1897. Hydrographer in charge hydrographic examination of Nicaragua and Panama canal routes, 1898-1901.
Chief engineer, United States Reclamation Service, 1906-1914, director same, 1914-1923. Consulting engineer, Panama Canal, 1909. Examined and reported on irrigation in Puerto Rico, 1909.
In Turkestan, 1911; member of the board of engrs. reporting on flood control in China, 1914. Construction engineering on many high dams. Member joint conference on standard specifications for Portland cement, 5 years.
Technical adviser to the United States on Pecuniary Claims Arbitration, London, 1923. Chief engineer and general manager East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland, California, 1923-1929. Built large reservoir on Mokelumne River, aqueduct and tunnels, 95 miles long, now delivering mountain water to Oakland, San Francisco and eight other cities around San Francisco Bay.
Chief construction engineering for irrigation projects in Turkestan and Transcaucasia 2 years.
Born February 9, 1861