Prof. Raudkivi was born on 14 March 1920 in Tallinn, Estonia. His life included World War II and the growth of hydraulic engineering in New Zealand and internationally. As a young man he grew up in Estonia, was educated in Estonia and Germany, then after World War II he and his wife Aino immigrated to New Zealand.
He was Emeritus Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. During his career he received numerous prizes and acknowledgements, he also participated in hydraulic engineering during his whole professional life:
Hilgard Hydr. prize American Society of Civil Engineers (1992)
Carnegie fellow (1966)
British Council fellow (1973)
Minna-James Heimeman fellow, Germany (1977, 81)
Member Senate U. Auckland (1970-1986)
Fellow Institute Civil Engineers, London
Institute Professor Engineers, New Zealand
Member of the International Association Hydraulic Research
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I am very saddened by the passing of yet another hydraulics giant in Prof Raudkivi, I had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times. He was a prominent expert in sediment transport and hydraulics from New Zealand.
If I recall Prof Raudkivi was also a successful entrepreneur, somewhat in competition with Canterbury Christchurch.He belongs to the generation of water engineers like Peter Ackers, who can connect fluid mechanics research. With the larger of scheme of civil engineering projects in a significant way.
Joseph Hun-wei Lee