Lewis E. Young

1878 to 1953
Mining Engineering

Lewis Emanuel Young was born in Topeka, Kansas, on October 1, 1878. He earned a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State College in 1900, an E.M. degree in 1904 from Iowa State College, and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1915. Young taught at Iowa State College and at the Colorado School of Mines and was Director of the Missouri School of Mines from 1907 to 1913. In 1913, he became an instructor in mining engineering at the University of Illinois. While at the university, Young became involved with and was partially supported by the Illinois State Geological Survey through the Illinois Cooperative Coal Mining Investigations, which were a joint venture between the Survey, University of Illinois Department of Mining Engineering, and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The Survey hired Young to gather data and prepare a report on surface subsidence due to coal mining in Illinois.

Young also was engaged by Prof. Stoek of the University of Illinois Mining Engineering Department to review the literature on subsidence in the principal mining countries abroad. This review by Young led to the two largest, most extensive works on coal mine subsidence in the world at that time, his 113-page publication Surface Subsidence in Illinois Resulting from Coal Mining, which appeared as Illinois Coal Mining Investigation Bulletin 17, and the 205-page L.E. Young and H.H. Stoek publication, Subsidence Resulting from Mining, University of Illinois Engineering Experimental Station Bulletin 91. Both were published in 1916.

Young worked for the Union Colliery Company in St. Louis from 1918 to 1926 and from 1927 to 1939 as Vice President of production for the Pittsburgh Coal Company. After 1939, he continued to practice as a consulting engineer, as he had done throughout much of his academic teaching years. He was a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers where he served on the board of directors from 1937 to 1943, Vice President from 1942 to 1945, and President in 1949.

Honored by: 
Illinois Coal Association (Philip M. Gonet, President)
Citation Contributed by: 
Robert A. Bauer