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History of Hydrogeology


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BiographiesThe history of hydrogeology project
The history of hydrogeology in Australia
Island hydrogeology: Highlights from early experience in the West Indies and Bermuda
History of hydrogeology in China
Hydrogeology in the Czech Republic
History of French hydrogeology
History of hydrogeology in Central Europe, particularly relating to Germany
History of Hungarian hydrogeology
A brief history of Indian hydrogeology
History of hydrogeology in Japan
The development of groundwater hydrology in The Netherlands between the mid-19th century and the late-20th century
The history of hydrogeology in Norway
History of hydrogeology: Poland
A brief history of Romanian hydrogeology
250 years of Russian hydrogeology (1730-1980)
The history of hydrogeology in Serbia
The history of South African hydrogeology: maybe short, but surely sweet
The History of hydrogeology in Spain
Hydrogeology in Sweden
The progress of hydrogeology in Britain: 1600 to 2000
A history of hydrogeology in the United States Geological Survey 1850-1990

About the Author

Nicholas Howden is Senior Lecturer in Water in Queen's School of Engineering at the University of Bristol. He studied Engineering at Durham University and hydrology, hydrogeology and geochemistry at Imperial College London, and then became a consultant in the mining, oil and gas industries. In 2007 he joined the UK's National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI) at Cranfield University as Lecturer in Soil and Water Engineering and moved to Bristol in 2010. At Bristol he is Director of the MSc in Water and Environmental Management and is also Head of the Water and Environment Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering. Nicholas was awarded the Young Hydrogeologists' Prize by the Geological Society in 2003, and has been a member of IAH since 2004. He is the author of 60 articles in the scientific and technical literature.John Mather retired from the position of Lyell Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2001. He currently lives near Exeter in south-west England where he makes functional stoneware pottery and writes on the history of hydrogeology. Educated at Liverpool University he joined the British Geological Survey in 1966, rising to the position of Assistant Director before moving to academia in 1990. He has been a member of IAH since 1973 and was chairman of the British Committee from 1991 to 1995 and co-chair of the 27th Congress held in Nottingham in 1997. He has undertaken research projects in the UK, Romania, China, West Indies, Central America and the Middle East and advised the European Community, OECD, IAEA and UK and US agencies on various aspects of groundwater development and waste management. During a career spanning nearly 50 years he has specialised in the geochemical aspects of hydrogeology and is the author of some 150 articles in the scientific and technical press.


"...provides the historical prospective of the science back to the beginning of hydrogeology. ...Descriptions include numerous nations in Europe, most notably UK, France and Germany...science historians may also enjoy the wide range of stories of the evolution of hydrogeology as it developed in a country or region. For those who are interested in the history of hydrogeology based on specific countries, this book provides the answers and would be useful for those going overseas for a project to one of the countries featured in the book."
-The Professional Geologist, Oct.Nov.Dec 2014"Most striking is how much the development of hydrological studies in each country is influenced by that country's overall culture and politices, as well as geographic and geologic factors unique to each region. (...) This book gives a good sampling of these country-specific journeys. (...) Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."
-Choice, June 2013, Vol. 50 No. 10"History of Hydrogeology collects the essays from a variety of learned experts in the scientific field of hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on the history and evolution of the discipline. A handful of black-and-white photographs and diagrams illustrate such insightful writings as "Island hydrogeology: Highlights from early experience in the West Indies and Bermuda", "250 years of Russian hydrogeology (1730-1980)", "The progress of hydrogeology in Britain: 1600 to 2000", as well as essays on the history of hydrogeology in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Central Europe & Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. Each essay is complemented with references. History of Hydrogeology is at times technical, clearly intended for experts and professionals in the field; its wealth of information makes it an ideal choice for college and

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