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Don Kirkham

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Don Kirkham
Born(1908-02-11)February 11, 1908
DiedMarch 7, 1998(1998-03-07) (aged 90)
Alma materColumbia University
Spouse(s)Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Erwin Kirkham
AwardsWolf Prize in Agriculture (1983/4), Robert E. Horton Medal (1995) [1]
Scientific career
Fieldssoil science
InstitutionsUtah State University, Iowa State University
ThesisThe variation of the initial susceptibility with temperature and the variation of the magnetostriction and reversible susceptibility with temperature and magnetization in nickel (1938)
Doctoral advisorShirley Leon Quimby
InfluencesWillard Gardner

Don Kirkham (February 11, 1908 – March 7, 1998) was a distinguished soil scientist regarded as the founder of mathematical soil physics.[2] His special interest was the flow of water through soils and drainage of agricultural land. He was awarded the 1983/4 Wolf Prize in Agriculture and the Robert E. Horton Medal in 1995.[1]

Selected publications

  • Kirkham, D.; Powers, William L. (1972). Advanced soil physics. New York: Wiley Interscience. ISBN 0-471-48875-5.


  1. ^ a b Nielsen, D. R.; Brutsaert, W.; Kirkham, D. (1995). "Kirkham receives Horton Medal". Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. 76 (29): 292–293. Bibcode:1995EOSTr..76..292.. doi:10.1029/95EO00176.
  2. ^ "Kirkham biography". Soil Science Society of America.
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