Mr. S.H.A. Begemann
Vice President Hon.
|Vice President Hon.||ICID OFFICE BEARERS - HONORAIRE||1950-1953|
Mr. S.H.A. Begemann, born in 1884, graduate of Delft Technological University in 1907, a civil engineer, went to Indonesia in 1909. In the service of Civil Public Works Department till 1934, most of his career was devoted to irrigation, drainage and water management projects and problems, and to water conservation. He was involved in the building of three of the first reservoir dams for irrigation in Indonesia, including a hydraulic fill dam. Already as early as the nineteen-twenties, he paid special attention to water distribution and management in which, he had at heart, the interest of the small peasants. The importance of this aspect was later to be recognized by the development of specialists in "extension services". It was largely part to his increasing efforts that in not many other countries water distribution was carried out with so much care as in Mid-Java, the area of his charge. In view of the importance thereof he developed several accurate measuring devices with little head loss and automatic gates. The importance he attached to scientific research was demonstrated by his relentless efforts to develop a hydraulic laboratory and his study and publication on the application of stastical methods of hydrological data. After serving in an advisory capacity on several overseas projects, he became professor at Delft University, from 1938 till 1954, to teach irrigation at first, and later also hydro-electrics. In this assignment he was an active supporter of the ICID, which he served in several functions. In 1933 he was awarded the distinction of Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau.
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