Brater, E F
Ernest F. Brater 1912 (Saginaw, Michigan, USA) – 2003
E F Brater was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He received an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and, upon completion, began employment as an Assistant in Forest Influence Investigation at the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service in Asheville, North Carolina. Under the tutelage of Professor Chester O. Wisler at the University of Michigan and Dr Charles Hursh, he conducted his PhD research on the application of the unit hydrograph principles to small watersheds (Brater, 1937). He was the first graduate student to complete a postgraduate degree based upon work at Coweeta. Subsequently, he joined the faculty in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan where he served with distinction for 50 years (CEE, University of Michigan Newsletter, 2003). He received the Stephen Attwood award in 1971 for ‘extraordinary achievement in teaching and research’; he retired from the University in 1982.
Brater conducted important research on the efforts of urbanization on storm water runoff and in the field of coastal engineering. He co-authored two books: Handbook of Hydraulics with H.W. King and Hydrology with C.O. Wisler. With Charles Hursh he was also the author of a seminal paper on hydrography separation (1941).
Burt, T P and Swank, W T, 2010, Hursh CR and Brater EF (1941) Separating storm-hydrographs from small drainage-areas into surface- and subsurface-flow. Transactions, American Geophysical Union 22: 863–871, Progress in Physical Geography, 34(5): 719-726.
Brater EF (1937) An application of the unit hydrograph principle to small watersheds. PhD dissertation, University of Michigan, 56 pp.
Hursh, C.R. and Brater, E.F., 1941. Separating storm‐hydrographs from small drainage‐areas into surface‐and subsurface‐flow. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 22(3), pp.863-871.
Brater, E. F., Horace W. King, James E. Lindell, and C. Y. Wei, 7th Edition, 1996, Handbook of Hydraulics, McGraw-Hill: New York (7 editions 1918 - 1996)
Wisler, C. O. and Brater, E. F., 2nd Edition, 1959, Hydrology, John Wiley and Sons: New York