Theodor Rehbock

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Theodor Rehbock
Theodor Rehbock.jpg
Theodor Rehbock (center) during the presentation of a hydraulics model to the client. On the left the chief engineer (German: Oberingenieur) of the hydraulics laboratory at the University of Karlsruhe; on the right the client of the research conducted in the hydraulics model experiments.
Born ( 1864 -04-12)12 April 1864
Died 17 August 1950 ( 1950 -08-17) (aged 86)
Nationality German
Fields Fluid dynamics
Institutions University of Karlsruhe
Alma mater Technical University Munich
Berlin Institute of Technology
Known for Rehbock weir
Rehbock dentated sill

Theodor Christoph Heinrich Rehbock (12 April 1864, Amsterdam – 17 August 1950, Baden-Baden) was a German hydraulics engineer, and professor at the University of Karlsruhe.

Theodor Rehbock's father was an overseas merchant. Rehbock studied at the Technical University Munich and Berlin Institute of Technology during 1884–90, receiving his MSc degree in 1892.[1]

Rehbock performed studies on water supply and hydraulic engineering in many countries. Further, he built a hydroelectric power station in the Murg river in Baden. In 1899, Rehbock became professor of hydraulics at the University of Karlsruhe. Where he started a hydraulics laboratory, in 1901, of which he was the director until 1934. The hydraulics aspects of most large projects in Germany – as well as in many other countries in the world – were tested here. For instance the Afsluitdijk for the separation of the Zuiderzee (Dutch for South Sea) from the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands.[2] After his retirement, the laboratory has been named the "Theodor Rehbock Laboratory".

Rehbock was rector (university president) of the University of Karlsruhe three times: in 1907–08, 1917–18 and 1925–26.[1]

In 1935, an initiative of Theodor Rehbock, Wolmar Fellenius and Rudolf Seifert lead to the establishment of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).[3][4][5]

In 1901 Rehbock married Margarete Küster. She gave birth to four sons and one daughter.[6]



  1. ^ a b Vierhaus (2007) vol. 8, p. 247
  2. ^ Theodor Rehbock (1931), Wasserbauliche Modellversuche zur Klärung der Abflusserscheinungen beim Abschluss der Zuiderzee (in German), 's-Gravenhage: Rijksuitgeverij Dienst van de Nederlandsche Staatscourant 
  3. ^ Larsen, Peter, Rehbock, Theodor (in German), Landeskunde entdecken online – Baden-Württemberg, retrieved 2013-03-06 
  4. ^ Hamm, Luc; Coastal Engineering Research Council (1996), "History of coastal engineering in France", in Kraus, Nicholas C., History and Heritage of Coastal Engineering: A Collection of Papers on the History of Coastal Engineering in Countries Hosting the International Coastal Engineering Conference 1950–1996, ASCE Publications, p. 149, ISBN 9780784474143 
  5. ^ Fellenius, W. (8 August 1936), "Det vattenbyggnadstekniska försöksväsendet", Teknisk Tidskrift (in Swedish) 32: 375–376, retrieved 2013-03-06 
  6. ^ a b c Hofmann (2003) vol. 21, pp. 278–279
  7. ^ Bos, M.G.; Wijbenga, J.H.A. (1997), "Passage of sediment through flumes and over weirs", Irrigation and Drainage Systems 11 (1): 29–39, doi:10.1023/A:1005752711183 
  8. ^ Hager, Willi H. (1992), Energy dissipators and hydraulic jump, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, p. 194, ISBN 978-0-7923-1508-7 
  9. ^ Theodor-Rehbock-Medaille (in German), Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall, retrieved 2009-04-19 


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