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A Brief History of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory

by Prof. Donald R. F. Harleman

In October 1945, Dr. Arthur Ippen was appointed to the department faculty as professor in charge of the hydrodynamics and hydraulic engineering program.  By coincidence, I arrived as a graduate student on the same day as Ippen and was assigned as his teaching assistant.  In 1945, there were no research assistants in the Civil Engineering department.  There was only one other faculty member in the water area, Allan Gifford, whose pre-MIT experience had been with the TVA.  In 1946, Ippen recruited James Daily, his former Cal Tech colleague,…


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