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Daniel Webster Mead


Daniel Webster Mead, American engineer. award, Western Soc; awarded citation as “Pioneer Hydrologist” by the Hydrology Conference.


Mead, Daniel Webster was born on March 6, 1862 in Fulton, New York, United States. Son of Washburn and Adelia A. (Shufelt) Mead.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1884. Doctor of Laws, University of Wisconsin, 1932.


Ruth Claudia (deceased), Harold Washburn, Ross Webster (deceased), Paul Gould (deceased), Franklin Braidwood. With United States Geological Survey, 1884-1885. City engineer, Rockford, 1885-1887.

Chief engineer and general manager, Rockford Construction Company, 1888-1896. Construction engineering on hydraulic works and power plants since 1896. Professor hydraulic and sanitary engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1904-1932, professor emeritus since 1932.

Construction engineering Mead & Hunt (Madison). Member Mead & Scheidenhelm (New York). Built water works at Rockford, Illinois, Fort Worth, Texas, Danville, Illinois, Moline (Illinois) filter, Kilbourn (Wisconsin) hydro-electric plant (10,000 h.p.), Prairie du Sac (Wisconsin) hydro-electric plant (20,000 h.p.), etc.


  • Author: Notes on Hydrology, 1904. Water Power Engineering, 1908. Contracts, Specifications and Engineering Relations, 1916.

    Hydrology, 1919

  • Hydraulic Machinery, 1933. Also numerous papers read before scientific societies and bulletins of University of Wisconsin.


Member Red Cross commission to China on flood protection of Huai River, 1914. Member Colorado River Board, appointed by President Collidge to pass on Boulder Canyon project, 1928. Awards: Fuertes medal, Cornell Univercity, 1911.

Fellow American Institute Electrical Engineers, American Public Health Association. Member American Water Works Association, American Society Civil Engineers (president 1936), Illinois Society Engineers, Canadian Institute Engineers (honorary), Western Society Engineers. Member Triangle, Chi Epsilon.

Clubs: Union League (Chicago).


Married Katie Ross Gould, November 30, 1886 (died April. Children: Hazel Marguerite.

Washburn Mead

Adelia A. (Shufelt) Mead

Katie Ross Gould

Hazel Marguerite Mead