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HARVEY F. LUDWIG

1916–2010

Elected in 1969

“For advances in environmental engineering research and
development in water and waste-processing methods.”

BY DANIEL GUNARATNAM
SUBMITTED BY THE HOME SECRETARY

HARVEY F. LUDWIG had a “presence” as a personality and an engineer. He was born in 1916 in Canada and grew up in Los Angeles (1920–1936).

Many outstanding engineers and scientists have shaped the environmental engineering field since its inception. Harvey F. Ludwig was a legend. His 70-year career of continuing contributions and leadership helped shape the modern practice of environmental engineering. Dr. Ludwig obtained his B.S. degree in 1938 in civil and sanitary engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.S. in 1941. During World War II he was a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).

In 1946 he started a consulting practice and in 1949 became an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1951 he became assistant chief engineer of the USPHS (under Dr. Mark Hollis). In this position he presided over the development of institutions (i.e., laws, federal agencies, programs) that were the foundations for what emerged in final form in the 1970s (and have continued to evolve). At the same time, Dr. Ludwig oversaw research funding at various universities across the country that fueled research and graduate programs which led to a “flowering” of the field that has continued.



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