Scope and Content
Title: Wilfred F. Langelier Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1925-1974
Collection number: MS 83/2
Creator: Langelier, Wilfred F., 1886-1981
1 manuscript box
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access
to the materials.
Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives in 1974 upon completion of the volume of collected works (see Folder
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Wilfred F. Langelier Papers,
Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.
University of California, Riverside. Sanitary Engineering Research Laboratory.
East Bay Water Company.
McGauhey, P. H. (Percy Harold)
Wilfred F. Langelier was born in 1886 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1909 from New Hampshire College (now University
of New Hampshire) at Durham. From 1909 to 1916 he worked for the Illinois State Water Survey, and also earned a M.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1911 from the University of Illinois. In 1916, Langelier accepted
an assistant professorship in Sanitary Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Charles Gilman Hyde was chiefly responsible for bringing in Langelier, a chemist by training, to teach water chemistry in the Department of Civil
Engineering. Langelier remained at Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
Langelier also served as a consulting sanitary engineer for the East Bay Water Company until 1928 when the company was taken over by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and is responsible for developing the Langelier Saturation Index, used to determine how corrosive water might be to pipes
Wilfred Langelier died September 13, 1981 at his home in Berkeley, California.
Additional biographical information can by obtained from:
Teaching, Research, and Consultation in Water Purification and Sewage Treatment, University of California at Berkeley, 1916-1955, with an introduction by Erman Pearson. An oral history conducted in1970 by Malca Chall, Regional Oral History Office, The
Bancroft Library, University of California, Riverside, 1982.
Scope and Content
Collection includes reprints of journal articles authored or co-authored by Langelier and articles that discuss Langelier's
work, P. H. McGauhey's draft (unused) introduction to the Langelier oral history, a photograph album, a bound volume of Langelier's
P. H. McGauhey Collection. MS 77/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives.