Luna Leopold

Luna Bergere Leopold (October 8, 1915 – February 23, 2006) was a leading U.S. geomorphologist and hydrologist, and son of Aldo Leopold. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1936; an M.S. in physics-meteorology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1944; and a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University in 1950.[1]

Luna Bergere Leopold
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Leopold, c. 1971
Born(1915-10-08)October 8, 1915
DiedFebruary 23, 2006(2006-02-23) (aged 90)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison, University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard University
Scientific career
Fieldsgeomorphology, hydrology

Leopold is widely known in his primary field for his work in fluvial geomorphology and for the classic book, Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology, that he wrote with Gordon Wolman and John Miller.[2]

Leopold suggested that a new philosophy of water management is needed, one based on geologic, geographic, and climatic factors as well as traditional economic, social, and political factors. He argued that the management of water resources cannot be successful as long as it is naïvely perceived from an economic and political standpoint, as it is in the status quo.


From 1937 to 1940, Leopold worked as an engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in New Mexico. In 1940, he enlisted and was a part of the U.S. Army Weather Service and the Army Air Force. He was in the Army until 1946 and he rose from the rank of Private to Captain.

From 1946 to 1950, Leopold served as the Chief Meteorologist of the Pineapple Research Institute, Hawaii. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey. He worked for the USGS until 1972 serving as Hydraulic Engineer (1950–56), Chief Hydrologist (1956–66), and Senior Research Hydrologist (1966–72).

In 1972, Leopold joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and Department of Landscape Architecture. He retired in 1986 and continued as a Professor Emeritus until his death in 2006.

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Books by Luna LeopoldEdit

  • Leopold, Luna B. (1966). Water (Series: LIFE Science Library), Time Incorp, ISBN B000GQO9SM.
  • Leopold, Aldo and Leopold, Luna B. (editor) (1972, reprint). Round River. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 0-19-501563-0.
  • Leopold, Luna B. (1974). Water: A Primer. W H Freeman & Co. ISBN 0-7167-0263-0.
  • Dunne, Thomas and Luna B. Leopold (1978). Water in Environmental Planning. W. H. Freeman & Co. ISBN 0-7167-0079-4.
  • Leopold, Luna B. (1966, reprinted 1981). Water, Life Science Library, Time Life Education. ISBN 0-8094-4075-X.
  • Leopold, Luna B.; Wolman, M. Gordon; and Miller, John P. (1995). Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-68588-8.
  • Leopold, Luna B. (1997). Water, Rivers and Creeks. University Science Books. ISBN 0-935702-98-9.
  • Leopold, Luna B. (2006, reprint). A View of the River. Harvard University Press; New Ed edition. ISBN 0-674-01845-1.


  1. ^ Professor Emeritus Luna Leopold University of California Retrieved February 25, 2009.
  2. ^ Luna B. Leopold; M. Gordon Wolman; John P. Miller. (1995). Fluvial processes in geomorphology. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-68588-8.
  3. ^ Kirk Bryan Award Archived 2016-06-21 at the Wayback Machine, Geological Society of America Quaternary Geology and Geophysics Division website. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Eckel, Edwin, 1982, GSA Memoir 155, The Geological Society of America — Life History of a Learned Society: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Memoir 155, 168 p., ISBN 0-8137-1155-X.
  5. ^ "G.K. Warren Prize". Awards. National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on August 19, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2007.
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  7. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science". The Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2008.

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