Pratt, Wallace E.
- Keith L. Miller
Pratt, Wallace E. (15 March 1885–25 December 1981), petroleum geologist and conservationist, was born Wallace Everette Pratt in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the son of William H. and Olive Bostetter Pratt. As a boy Wallace began to take an interest in geology with a particular fascination for granite. When he was ready for college, he chose the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he enrolled in 1903. Soon after his arrival, Pratt obtained a job as a night clerk at the New Eldridge House, for which duties he received free room and board. In 1905, while still studying at the university, Pratt began working for the Kansas University Geological Survey, testing rock samples and analyzing cement materials....