Dr. John R.(robert) Philip
Ella Saddler YEAR 7
Contributions to Science
John was most famous and well known for his work on his theory of infiltration (the movement of water, energy and gases). John didn't carry out his own experiments however, his skills in mathematics enabled him to explain physical processes and solve real world problems. John Philip developed mathematical equations to describe soil and water physics. These were important in the days before computers. His mathematical analysis showed general patterns in the infiltration of water through soil. He also studied evaporation. He developed a soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. He invented ways to measure heat and evaporation in soil which are still used today.
Reasherch Currently being Undertaken in John's fields of Science
Natural gas plays a key role in our nation's clean energy future. There are huge reserves of natural gas that are commercially workable as a result of progressions in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies enabling greater access to gas in shale formations. Responsible development of America's shale gas resources offers important economic, energy security, and environmental gains.
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is working with key stakeholders to help control that natural gas extraction does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. John Philips work played a role in peoples understanding of how the liquids and gasses move through soil.