Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 665–672 | Cite as

Peter J. Parsons: pioneer of contaminant hydrogeology

  • Christopher J. Neville
  • Richard E. Jackson
  • R. W. Doug Killey
Profile of Eminent Hydrogeologist

Keywords

Profile (eminent hydrogeologist) Canada History of hydrogeology Solute transport 

Peter J. Parsons: pionnier de l’hydrogéologie des contaminants

Peter J. Parsons: un pionero en la hidrogeología de contaminantes

Peter J. Parsons:污染水文地质学的先驱

Peter J. Parsons: pioneiro da hidrogeologia de contaminantes

Notes

Acknowledgements

Gordon L. Parsons has kindly provided the authors with details of his father’s life, along with the photograph in Fig. 1. W.F. (Bill) Merritt has provided additional details on Peter Parsons’ work at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories. We appreciate the approval and cooperation of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in the publication of this paper. AECL has supported the efforts to make available electronic copies of Parsons’ elegant and timeless reports.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Neville
    • 1
  • Richard E. Jackson
    • 2
  • R. W. Doug Killey
    • 3
  1. 1.S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc.WaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Geofirma Engineering Ltd.HeidelbergCanada
  3. 3.Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories (retired)Chalk RiverCanada

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