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Harold Benedict Gotaas

engineer , educator.

Harold Benedict Gotaas, American engineer, educator.


Gotaas, Harold Benedict was born on September 3, 1906 in Mellette, South Dakota, United States. Son of Halfdan C. and Emma E. (Cady) Gotaas.


Bachelor of Science, University South Dakot, 1928, Doctor of Science (honorary), 1955. Master of Science, Iowa State College, 1930. S.M. Entertainment, Harvard, 1937, Doctor of Science, 1942.

Doctor of Engineering, Rose Polytechnic Institute, 1969.


1 son, Richard McLaughlin. With American Bridge Company, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, 1930-1931, Iowa Hwy Commission, Ames, 1931, Clinton (Iowa) Bridge Works, 1931-1932. Assistant professor сivil engineering U. South Dakot, also city engineer, 1932-1936.

Assistant professor, later professor sanitary engineering U. North Carolina, 1937-1942. Also construction engineering, 1937-1942. Entered United States Army, 1942.

Assigned as chief engineer and assistant director, div. of health and sanitation, Institute Inter-American Affairs, 1942-1944, director div. health and sanitation and executive vice president, 1944-1945, president institute, 1945-1946. Professor sanitary engineering University of California, 1940-1957, director San Engineering laboratories, 1949-1957, chairman div. сivil engineering, 1948-1954. Dean Technological Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1957-1970, professor сivil engineering, 1957-1967, Walter P. Murphy professor, from 1967.

Special consultant, environ, health study section United States Public Health Service, 1948-1954. Consultant World Health Organization, from 1954. Member of national health advisory council Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1956-1960.

Member commission on bio-astronautics National Research Council, 1959-1960. Member engineering panel National Science Foundation, 1960-1963. Chairman advising committee on military environmental research National Research Council.

Member Great Lakes Commission, chairman pollution control committee, 1961-1973. Chairman water resources committee N.E. Illinois Planning Commission, from 1962. Chairman solid waste committee, from 1971.

Member Illinois Water Pollution and Water Resources Commission, 1966-1969. Member Rockefeller Mission to Latin American, 1969.


  • Author books. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Served from captain to colonel Sanitary corpus, United States army, 1942-1946. Member National Academy Engineering (honorary), Western Society Engineers (honorary), American Society of Civil Engineers (chairman research committee 1959-1960, named Chicago Engineer of Year 1974), American Society Engineering Education, American Public Health Association, Inter-American Association Sanitary Engineers (president United States section 1959), American Water Works Association, Water Pollution Control Association (president California section 1951-1952), Engineering College Research Counci (director 1959-1962), American Academy Environmental Engineering Inter-society Board (director, vice president), Triangle (nat. honorary. Member), Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Delta Omega, Chi Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Delta.

Clubs: Economic (Chicago.


Married Alice McLaughlin, April.

Halfdan C. Gotaas

Emma E. (Cady) Gotaas

Alice McLaughlin