ERNEST WILLIAM STEEL
Ernest William Steel, professor of civil
engineering, died on February 10, 1964. He was 70.
Professor Steel was born on August 1,
1893, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor's degree in
civil engineering from Cornell University in 1920.
Professor Steel worked with the Rockefeller
Foundation and the Texas State Health Department. He taught at Texas
A&M University from 1925 to 1942, where he chaired the Department
of Municipal and Sanitary Engineering. He served as a consultant in
water treatment to the Venezuelan government from 1946 to 1949. He joined
the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1949, where he taught
until 1961, when he retired.
Professor Steel authored Water Supply
and Sewerage (1938, 1947, 1953, 1960, 1979) and Municipal Affairs
(1941, 1950). With E. G. White, he wrote Hygiene of Community,
School, and Home (1932).
Professor Steel was a member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers, the Inter-American Association
of Sanitary Engineering, and the American Society of Military Engineers.
He was also a Fellow of the American Public Health Association.
In 1928, Professor Steel was awarded
the Fuertes Medal from Cornell University. In 1984 the UT System Board
of Regents approved funds to establish the Ernest W. Steel Lectureship
in Environmental Health Engineering.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 21, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs.