Harold Edwin Hurst

b. 1 January 1880 d. 7 December 1978
  • Benoit B. Mandelbrot


Harold E. Hurst, English hydrologist and “Father of the Nile,” is principally known for a remarkable power-law relation that was later interpreted as a symptom of “long-run,” or “global” statistical dependence in the Earth sciences.


River Discharge Statistical Dependence Fractional Brownian Motion Nile Basin Brownian Motion Model 
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  1. Hurst, H.E. (1951). Long-term storage capacity of reservoirs. Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 116, 770–808.Google Scholar
  2. Hurst, H.E. (1955). Methods of using long-term storage in reservoirs. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, part 1, 519–577.Google Scholar
  3. Hurst, H.E. Black, R.P. and Simaika, Y.M. (1965). Long-term Storage, an Experimental Study. Constable, London.Google Scholar
  4. Mandelbrot, B.B. (2000). Gausssian Self-Affinity and Fractals: Globality, the Earth, l/f, and R/S. (Selected Papers Vol. H). Springer-Verlag, New York. Reproduces and makes easily available the author’s and his associates’ papers from the 1960s and 1970s.Google Scholar

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