John Charles Hubbard
1946 Mendel Medal Recipient



Hubbard, John Charles, physicist; born in Boulder Colorado on April 16, 1879 to James Edwin and Rhoda Maude (Duke) Hubbard; Bachelor of Science, University of Colorado, 1901; Ph.D. Clark University, 1904. LL.D., Loyola College, Baltimore, 1938. Married Gertrude L. Pardieck, February 9, 1929. Instructor in physics at Simmons College, Boston. 1904-1905; Assistant professor of physics department, New York University, 1904-1906, Clark University, 1906-1911; Professor of physics Clark college, 1911-1916; professor and head of physics department, New York University, 1916-1927; professor same, Johns Hopkins University, 1927-1946; physicist, Radiation Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, 1946-1947; research professor of physics, Catholic University of America, 1947---. Director of summer work in physics, New York University, 1906, University of Colorado, 1912, 1914: research engineer, Western Electric Company, summer 1917. Commander captain Signal Corps, U.S.R. Division of Research and Inspection, September 29, 1917; active service in France, information sect. Office of chief signal Officer, A.E.F.; official historian, Signal corps, A.E.F.; major, October 4, 1918; discharged May 20, 1919. Awarded Mendal Medal, Villanova College, 1946. Officier d'Academie Instruction Publique, 1919. Fellow A.A.A.S., American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society; member of Beta Theta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi; representative of the American Institution of Physics on American Engring. Standards Com.; member at large Division of Physical Sciences of National Research Council, 1931-1933; sec. member National Defense Research Committee. Clubs: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore); Andiron (New York). Author various papers giving results of original physical research. Associate editor Physical Rev., 1933-1935. Roman Catholic. Address: 4304 13th Place N.E. Washington. Died August 2, 1954; buried Richmond, Ind.

Who Was Who in America. Volume III, 1951-1960. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1960. p. 424.





Johns Hopkins Professor Wins 1946 Villanova Science Award.

Villanova, Pa--Dr. John C. Hubbard of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, an authority on ultrasonics -- the science of high frequency sounds -- is the 1946 winner of the Mendel Medal awarded by Villanova college, it has been announced by the very Rev. Francis X. N. McGuire, O.S.A., president of the college.

The Mendel Medal was founded by Villanova College in 1928 in honor of the Austrian Abbot whose scientific research resulted in the Mendelian Laws of Heredity. It is awarded to outstanding Catholic Scientists who by their work have advanced the cause of science, at the same time indicating that there is no conflict between true science and religion.

Dr. Hubbard, who will be honored at formal presentation ceremonies here June 13, is the first Mendel Medal winner since 1943, when Dr. George Speri Sperti of Cincinnati received it. Other winners include Dr. John Kolmer of Temple University, Philadelphia; Dr. Thomas Parran, surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service; Dr. Hugh Scott Taylor of Princeton University, N.J., and Dr. Petrus J.W. Debue of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Hubbard, chairman of undergraduate physics at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty for 18 years, has gained world-wide fame for his research in high frequency sound waves. He has developed instruments capable of measuring distances as small as one hundred millionth of an inch. He has also investigated many of the unusual biological and chemical effects produced by high frequency sound waves. He devised a method to homogenize milk and olive oil, a benefit to the health of thousands of infants.

Johns Hopkins Professor wins 1946 Villanova Science Award. New York: Catholic News, June 18, 1946.





John C. Hubbard, Famed Physicist and CU Professor Dies.

Dr. John Charles Hubbard, 75, one of the Nation's most distinguished physicists, collapsed and died late yesterday at Catholic University, where he was research professor in ultrasonics.

Dr. Hubbard was found unconscious about 3:45 p.m., slumped over his desk in the basement of McHahon Hall, by the Reverand Frank A. Gutowski, a student. Dr. Hubbard was pronounced dead 15 minutes later by Dr. John F. Brennan, Jr., 1704 Michigan Avenue N.E. who had been treating the physicist for a heart condition. The body was removed to the James T. Ryan funeral home, 317 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E.

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Hubbard, who lived at 4304 Thirteenth place N.E. received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Colorado in 1901.

He received his doctorate in philosophy from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1904. In 1938, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in laws from Loyola College in Baltimore. Began Teaching. During 1904 and 1905, Dr. Hubbard was an instructor in physics at Simmons College in Boston, and from 1905 to 1906 he was assistant professor of physics at New York University. For the next four years he had the same position at Clark University. He became professor of physics at Clark. In 1910 to 1927 he headed the physics department at NYU. For the next 19 years, he was professor of physics at Johns Hopkins University, and was with that school's Physics Radiation Laboratory from 1946-1947. Then he went to Catholic University as Research Professor, the office he held at his death. World War I Officer. Dr. Hubbard's military record started as a captain in the Army Signals Corps and later he became a major during World War I. In World War II, he was a member of the National Defense Research Council, and from 1943-1947, was a technical expert assigned to the Aberdeen (Md.) proving ground, and until death was a consultant to this unit. His associations with organizations in the field of physics were numerous. Dr. Hubbard was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physicists Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the National Research Council from 1931 to 1933, and an officer of the French Academy in 1919. His writings were many. They included a manual of experiments in physics, written in 1936; papers on oscillations, sound waves and ultrasonics and the phenomenon of vision. He was an associate editor of the Physical Review from 1931 to 1934. Dr. Hubbard also was an associate officer of the Naval Reserach Laboratory, a member of Sigma Xi, and the American Association of University Professors. His widow, who survives him, is the former Gertrude Lenore Pardieck. There is also a sister, Miss Helen Hubbard, of Phoenix, Arizona, and a brother, Edward, of Chico, California. Buriel will be in Richmond, Indiana. Services will be held here at 10 tomorrow morning in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Dr. John C. hubbard, Famed Physicist and CU Professor Dies. Evening Star, August 3, 1953.