From the Chester C. Kisiel Memorial Lecture Program, 1982
"Dr. Nicholas C. Matalas has been a Research Hydrologist with the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 25 years. In recognition of his research work in network design, hydrologic time series, flood frequencies, and regionalization of hydrologic information, he has received the Meritorious Service Award and Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Horton Award from the American Geophysical Union. He served as President of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Over a period of seven years, Dr. Matalas served as Chief of the Water Resources Division's Systems Analysis Group. During this time he directed studies in assessing the management of the Outer Continental Shelf mineral leases by the U.S. Geological Survey, the effectiveness of the Bureau of Mines implementation of the 1968 Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, and residues, management, and water use in coal gasification processes.
He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.S. degree in sanitary engineering from North Carolina State University. Under Professor Harold A. Thomas, Jr., he received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University.
As U.S. Geological Survey support in beginning the hydrology program at the University of Arizona, Dr. Matalas, along with John Ferris and Herb Skibitzke, served on the program's faculty during the seminal academic year, 1961-1962."
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A historical paper by Nicholas C. Matalas and Walter B. Langbein, Models and Data, may be found at the International Association of Hydrological Sciences website: http://iahs.info/redbooks/a116/iahs_116_0121.pdf
Source: Biographical material from the first Kisiel Memorial Lecture program (1982) and reprinted in Reflections on Hydrology: Science and Practice edited by Nathan Buras.