13.4.1934 København/DK - 26.11.2003 København/DK
Poul Harremoës graduated from the Technical University of Denmark TUD in 1957 and received as a Fulbright student additional education from MIT in the USA in 1959. The first ten years of his career included consulting in dam design, lecturing in water resources, hydraulics and soil mechanics, thereby heading from 1963 to 1967 the Department of Tracer Studies at the Danish Isotope Centre, and being from 1968 to 1969 a visiting fellow at the University of Berkeley, USA. In 1969, Harremoës was appointed associate professor of environmental science and engineering at TUD, and promoted to full professor in 1972. Under his leadership the Department with originally two collaborators grew into more than 100, which was awarded the 1992 Stockholm Water Prize recognizing thereby the Institute as a world leader in environmental sciences.
Harremoës worked in the 1970s on oxygen depletion in rivers and biofilm kinetics in wastewater treatment. In the 1980s he addressed the modeling of sewer systems and receiving waters in wet weather. In the 1990s, Harremoës contributed to the modeling of integrated urban water systems, and on uncertainty, risk and environmental ethics. He became in these areas an international expert. He was also an inspiring teacher and promoter of multi-disciplinary education. He played a key role in the establishment of the Danish Ministry of Environment in 1972, the first of its kind worldwide. He set his footprint on the International Water Association IWA, where he completely reorganized the activities during his presidency. In the International Association of Hydraulic Research IAHR, Harremoës contributed to urban drainage, hydrology and water management. He chaired from 1978 to 1982 the Nordic research Committee on urban hydrology. He was a founding member of the IAHR/IAWPRC joint committee on urban storm drainage and served as chairman from 1984 to 1987. Harremoës was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Science from the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences in 2000, and knighthood from the Royal Danish Court in 1978 and 1988.
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