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Personal papers of Ross E. McKinney

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: PP 580


This collection contains a typed manuscript version of Ross McKinney's book, Microbiology for Sanitary Engineers, divided into four folders. He wrote this book for the purpose of teaching future sanitary engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). The book calls for an increased knowledge on the part of sanitary engineers about the biochemical reactions brought on by microorganisms. McKinney believed this knowledge could help enable sanitary engineers to create more sanitary waste treatment plants.


  • Creation: 1962


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Biography of Ross E. McKinney

Ross E. McKinney, professor emeritus of the University of Kansas, made many contribuations to the field of civil engineering. McKinney joined KU's faculty in 1960, leaving a position with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop KU's graduate program in Environmental Engineering, serving as the program director until his retirement in 1993.

McKinney's biological approach to waste-water treatment earned him international recognition. More than 75 municipal and industrial treatment plants were modeled after his designs. McKinney received dozens of awards and was the first N.T. Veatch Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at KU. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Association for Advancement of Sciences.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

PP 580

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ross McKinney, 2005.

Related Materials

McKinney, Ross E. Microbiology for Sanitary Engineers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962. Located at Spencer Research Library at Ua C569 and at Anschutz Library at Qr46.M37.


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Personal papers of Ross McKinney, PP 580, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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