Early History of Hydrometry in the United States

by Steponas Kolupaila,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 1, Pg. 1-51

Document Type: Journal Paper


The history of hydrometry (stream flow measurements) is very enlightening and inspiring. Field methods which were established in America several decades ago, were widely adapted as standards in many other countries. The names of American pioneers, such as Humphreys and Abbot, Francis, Herschel, Hoyt and Grover, Stout, Stevens, Horton, Allen and Gibson, are well known throughout the world. However, many distinguished and deserving men have been almost forgotten in their own country. The aim of this study is to recall the deeds of the American pioneers in our field of science and engineering, examine their achievements, give credit where credit is due, and in this way to pay tribute to our glorious past.

Subject Headings: History | Streamflow | Flow measurement | Field tests | Engineering history | United States

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