Prof. Erich Plate (1929-2019)



IAHR Honorary Member Prof. Erich Plate, passed away on July 22nd at the age of 90. Prof. Plate was President of IAHR from 1983 to 1987. He was elected Honorary Member in 1993. Erich J. Plate was born on July 14, 1929 in Hamburg, Germany.

He graduated from Stuttgart Technical University as a civil engineer in 1954 and there submitted his PhD thesis in 1964. From 1954 to 1957 he was a Fulbright Student at Colorado State University CSU, returned then for two years to Stuttgart University before accepting in 1959 a CSU faculty position. In 1968 he was appointed as professor of water resources and from 1970 he was a professor at Karlsruhe Technical University. His research topics included water resources, waves, and pollution of water and air. Plate directed the Karlsruhe Institute for Hydrology and Water Resources in the 1970s. He was awarded the James Croes Gold Medal from ASCE in 1971. He was also awarded Honorary Membership of the Italian Hydrotechnical Association in 1986 and in 1993 he received an honorary doctorate at Hannover Technical University.

Plate presided over IAHR from 1983 to 1987 after having been a Council Member and IAHR vice-president from 1973 to 1983. Prof. Plate was actively involved in the organization of the 1977 IAHR Congress in Baden, Germany. During his term, the Congresses of Moscow, Russia in 1983, Melbourne, Australia in 1985 and Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1987 were held. He initiated the History of Hydraulics book edited by Günther Garbrecht for the 50th anniversary of IAHR in 1985; he also proposed the IAHR Lecturership. His main concern for IAHR was a wider presence in aspects of hydraulic engineering and research. As long as his physical condition allowed he was present at most of the IAHR Congresses and took considerable interest in matters relating to IAHR publications and international activities.

An obituary will published soon.

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