Norman H. Brooks, Caltech James Irvine
Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Emeritus; Member of National Academy of
Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, taught at Caltech for over forty years. Brooks
retired from teaching in 1995. The Norman H. Brooks papers illustrate Brooks' contributions
to the field of fluid turbulence and diffusion and environmental fluid mechanics,
particularly ocean pollution control and consist of reports, research, historical documents
from colleagues and Caltech, slides, audiovisual material and photographs.
Norman Herrick Brooks was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 2, 1928. Brooks attended
Harvard University and graduated with an AB magna cum laude in 1949 in Mathematics and MS in
1950 in Civil Engineering. Brooks attended the California Institute of Technology and
graduated with a PhD summa cum laude in 1954 in the fields of Physics and Civil Engineering.
He was the first named James Irvine Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering at
Caltech and specialized in hydraulics and hydrology. He was one of the organizers of the
graduate degree program in Environmental Engineering Science established in 1969. The
program applied both science and engineering to environmental problems. Brooks served two
terms as Executive Officer for Environmental Engineering Science from 1969 to 1974 and 1985
to 1993 and was Director of the Environmental Quality Laboratory from 1974 to 1993.
Professor Brooks became Emeritus in September 1995.
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