Ven Te Chow

Ven Te Chow (; October 7, 1919, Hangzhou, China, – July 30, 1981), was an engineer and educator. He was a widely recognized hydrologist and engineer throughout the world, acclaimed for his contributions to hydrology and water resources development.

He was a professor of Civil and Hydrosystems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in 1940, his M.S. degree in engineering mechanics from Pennsylvania State University in 1948, and his Ph.D. degree in hydraulic engineering from the University of Illinois in 1950.

Chow joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1948 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962. Some of his unusual contributions include his watershed experimentation system, which produced storms in the laboratory using sophisticated electronic, pneumatic, and sonar controls. At the time it was one of the most sophisticated laboratories in the world for physical hydrology and attracted worldwide attention and interest among scientists, engineers, and the public. It was the subject of an article that appeared in ''Life'' magazine on June 6, 1969, and was also addressed in the 1969 March issue of ''Public Works'' magazine.

With this unique instrumentation, he introduced a new field of technology known as watershed hydraulics. He also developed a formula for hydrologic frequency drainage design, a method of backwater curve computation.

Chow was the founder and first president of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). Under Ven Te Chow's leadership, the IWRA began publishing the academic journal Water International in 1975. Over the last 49 years, IWRA has actively promoted the sustainable management of water resources around the globe and become one of the most influential organizations in the field of water.

The ''IWRA Ven Te Chow Memorial Award'' was created by the IWRA in his memory. The award includes a lecture, to be delivered at its triennial World Water Congresses. {| class="wikitable" |+ Recipients of the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award |- ! Year !! Recipient |- | 1988 || Vujica M. Yevjevich |- | 1991 || Malin Falkenmark |- | 1994 || Andras Szollosi-Nagy |- | 1996 || Ben Chie Yen |- | 1997 || Glenn E. Stout |- | 2000 || Janusz Kindler |- | 2003 || Asit K. Biswas |- | 2005 || Benedito Braga |- | 2008 || John Pigram |- | 2011 || Peter H. Gleick |- | 2015 || Rabi Mohtar |- | 2017 || V. P. Singh and William N. Lehrer |- | 2020 || Soontak Lee |} Provided by Wikipedia
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Open-channel hydraulics

by Chow, Ven Te, 1919-1983 Published: 1959

Applied hydrology

by Chow, Ven Te, 1919-1983 Published: 1988