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Robert Elmer Horton

Robert Elmer Horton, American hydraulic engineer. Member American Society C.E., American Water Works Association, N.E. Water Works Association, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Nu, Institute C.E. (London), Institution of Water Engineers (England).

Background

  • Horton, Robert Elmer was born on May 18, 1875 in Parma, Michigan, United States. Son of Van Rensselaer W. and Rowena Spencer (Rafter) Horton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Albion College, 1897, Doctor of Science, 1932.

    Career

    • Assistant on United States Deep Waterways Survey, 1898-1899. District engineer United States Geological Survey, 1900-1906. Engineer in charge Bureau Hydraulics, New York State Barge Canal, 1906-1911.

      Consultant practice since 1911. Hydraulic expert Department Public Works and Attorney General’s Department, State of New York, 1911-1925. Engineer in charge Delaware River Case before Supreme Court of the United States, for State of New Jersey, 1922-1930.

      Construction engineering Board of Water Supply, Albany, New York, 1924-1932. Construction engineering The Power Authority, State of New York, 1932-1933. Member of advisory council of Federal Board Surveys and Maps, 1918-1939, and Engineering Board of Review, Sanitary District of Chicago, 1925-1927.

      Engineer consultant, National Resources Committee, 1934-1937. Consultant United States Soil Conservation Service, 1939-1941. Consultant Tennessee Valley Authority, 1942-1944, City of Rochester, New York, 1942-1943.

      Director Horton Hydrologic Laboratory.

    Works

    • Author: Weir Experiments, Coefficients and Formulas, 1905. Turbine Water Wheel Tests and Power Tables, 1906. Water Wheels, 1907
    • Determination of Stream Flow during the Frozen Season (with H. K. Barrows), 1907.

      Hydrography of New York State (New York State Annuals) 1900-1911. Hydrology of the Great Lakes (with C.E. Grunsky), 1926. Rainfall Runoff and Evaporation (with L. K. Sherman), 1933.

      Surface Runoff Phenomena, 1935. Apples from Eden (stories), 1938. Also numerous scientific papers.

      Inventor water level gauge. Joint for wood stave pipe.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member American Society C.E., American Water Works Association, N.E. Water Works Association, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Nu, Institute C.E. (London), Institution of Water Engineers (England).

    Connections

    • Married Ella H. Young, June 19, 1901.
    • father: Van Rensselaer W. Horton
    • mother: Rowena Spencer (Rafter) Horton
    • spouse: Ella H. Young
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    Born March 18, 1875
    Died April 22, 1945
    (aged 70)
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