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CHAMP B. TANNER
Pages 376-393

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From page 377...
... there was little cloubt that both nature ant! nurture were strong determinants in Champ's life course.
From page 378...
... It was uncler Professor Martin's influence that the promising freshman chemistry student traveled immediately to North Carolina State University to carry out graduate studies in soil science. Champ's description of his clays at North Carolina is clifficult to recluce to the page.
From page 379...
... was so effusive in his praise of Champ that Emil Truog, the friencl's major professor at Wisconsin, wrote Champ while he was still in the service en c! offerer!
From page 380...
... Despite his disability, the Army insisted that his reserve cIassification status shouIc! remain "Erosion Control Specialist." The military unclerestimatec!
From page 381...
... Again, Truog's unerring judgment came to the rescue. Truog had a policy of keeping the best graduate students at Wisconsin as the department built up following World War II.
From page 382...
... for measuring particle size distribution, air-fi~lec! porosity, and permeability.
From page 383...
... Most ciata available were inferred from soil water content measurements. For many reasons such measurements lack precision and, even worse, do not account for drainage from the soil profile.
From page 384...
... A suction drainage system combiner! with a very precise weighing mechanism permitted measurements of evapotranspiration over periods of time as brief as 15 minutes.
From page 385...
... en c! partly as a result of an extremely stimulating sabbatical spent with John Passioura in Australia, Champ turner!
From page 386...
... the water relations of alfalfa, another clifficult plant structure with which to clear. One of his favorite experiments clealt with the effect of direct solar racliation on onion umbels cluring flowering.
From page 387...
... were from the same direction. This project brought Champ almost as much fun as his favorite project on heat transfer.
From page 388...
... from the Soil Science Society of America en c! the Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology Awarc!
From page 389...
... in geophysics, eventually enterer! the private sector with a small, creative company producing ciata logging en c!
From page 390...
... some 150 technical articles, book chapters, en c! reports, as well as more than three clozen theses supervised.
From page 391...
... King. An evaluation of Thornthwaite and mean temperature methods for determining potential evapotranspiration.
From page 392...
... Hydraulic load cell lysimeter construction, calibration, and tests.
From page 393...
... Leaf growth, tuber growth, and water potential in potatoes.


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