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Charles Elmer Lawall


Charles Elmer Lawall, American engineer. Recipient Bituminous Coal Research award, 1957; Mineral Industry Education award, American Institute Mechanical Engineering, 1958; Percy Nicholls Award, 1962.


Lawall, Charles Elmer was born on November 21, 1891 in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Elmer and Maria (Thomas) Lawall.


Engineer of Mines, Lehigh University, 1914, Master of Science, 1921, Doctor of Laws, 1939. Doctor of Laws, Waynesburg College, 1939. Doctor of Science, Morris Harvey College, 1950.


1 son, Charles Elmer. Testing engineer Pittsburgh Testing laboratories, 1914. Chemist New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, Pennsylvania, 1915-1916.

Mining engineer Peal Peacock & Kerr, St. Benedict, Pennsylvania, 1916-1917. Metallurgy department General Motors Company, Detroit, 1917. Mining engineer Bethlehem Steel Company, 1917-1918, research engineer, 1919-1921.

Instructor Geology Department, Lehigh University, 1921. Became assistant professor West Virginia University, School of Mines, 1921, later professor and director to 1938. Acting president West Virginia University, 1938-1939, president, 1939-1945.

Engineer coal properties, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, Huntington, 1945-1947, assistant vice president, 1947-1956, vice president, 1956-1958. Chief engineer and vice president Western Pocahontas Corporation, Huntington, 1956. Coal consultant, 1958-1973.


  • Contributor numerous articles on coal mining to technical journals, bulletins, etc.


Member executive committee Engineers Council for Professional Development, 1949. Served in United States of America, France, 1918-1919. Member Veteran Council, West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs.

Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (chairman coal div., 1940). Clubs: Mining (New York City).


Married Marjorie Berger, April 29, 1920.

Charles Elmer Lawall

Maria (Thomas) Lawall

Marjorie Berger