More than 850 individuals partly forgotten by name, but sometimes found in historical writings, together with many well known or recently deceased persons are presented in terms of bio-data, short career highlights, and main advances made to the profession with a short biography of the main writings. If available, a portrait is also included. Hydraulicians in Europe, Volume 2 is a continuation of the first volume, both in outline and in coverage and pagination. Volumes 1 and 2 include more than 1500 biographies.
Professor Hager should be complemented for his scholarly masterpiece. This monumental compendium of single-page bio-sketches highlights past European contributions in hydraulics. These brief portraits and professional career summaries bring vibrant life to scientists and engineers known through formulas, methods and procedures. This monograph not only commemorates past contributions, it will inspire future generations to pursue deeply-rooted multi-disciplinary research at the international level.
—Prof. Pierre Julien, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Hydraulicians in Europe 1800-2000 by Willi H. Hager published by IAHR in 2003 was the first volume of a monumental task undertaken by the author. In this second volume of the same format as its predecessor Prof. Hager mainly fills in gaps of volume 1 adding also biographies of more recently deceased scientists and engineers in the field of hydraulic engineering. Together volumes 1 and 2 are not only evidence of the author's erudition and enthusiasm but above all a very valuable and lasting reference.
—Emeritus Professor P. Novak, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK