Robert E. Horton

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United States hydrologist, soil scientist

Why Is Robert E. Horton Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Robert Elmer Horton was an American civil engineer and soil scientist, considered by many to be the father of modern hydrology. Born in Parma, Michigan, he earned his B.S. from Albion College in 1897. After his graduation, he went to work for his uncle, George Rafter, a prominent civil engineer. Rafter had commissioned a weir study, the results of which Horton analyzed and summarized. In 1900, he was appointed New York District Engineer of the United States Geological Survey.

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