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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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.