Hydraulic research pioneers

Waterfall by an industrial building

Two graduate students Ernest Schoder (Ph.D., 1902) and August Saph (Ph.D., 1902) working in the Hydraulics Laboratory authored what was to become one of the classic studies in hydraulic experimentation. Their precise measurements on frictional resistance to the flow of water in pipes served as experimental verification of the exponential relationship between velocity and head loss. Professor Schoder’s total commitment to hydraulic research and consulting brought such renown to himself and to Cornell that it could be said that the majority of the leading American hydraulicians of the first quarter of this century either were educated, or participated in tests conducted, at Cornell.