Harvey H. Hubbard

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NEWPORT NEWS - Harvey Hart Hubbard, 90, retired NASA aero-acoustician and noise control engineer, and a resident of Newport News, died May 14, 2012, after a short illness.

His parents, Horace Waite and Elbie Hart Hubbard, and his wife of 62 years, Sadie Miller Hubbard, preceded him in death.

Born in Swanton, Vt., he attended one-room schools in Franklin County, Vt., graduated as valedictorian from Swanton High School and was an engineering graduate of the University of Vermont. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

He is survived by four children, Susan Lasater, of New Bern, N.C., her husband Dr. John Lasater and their two daughters, Dr. Morgan Lasater and Gentry Lasater; Pam Middleton, of Newport News and Thailand, her husband Maury Middleton, their daughters, Ruth Middleton and Rachel Alvarez and husband Daniel; Dr. Thomas W. Hubbard, of Norfolk, Va., and his wife, Dr. Daura Hamlin; and Walter R. Hubbard, of Orlando, Fla., his wife Candice, and their daughters, Christina Hubbard and Casey Hubbard. Caleb Alvarez, his first great-grandchild, also survives him. Harvey is also survived by his sister, Elvy Kidder, of Swanton, Vt., and a number of Vermont relatives who considered him the patriarch of the Hubbard clan.

His career at NASA was devoted to defining, alleviating and controlling noise from large commercial aircraft and wind turbines. He particularly enjoyed the documentation phase of research. He was the author of more than 130 NASA and journal publications, chapters in a number of reference textbooks, and edited a two-volume book, "Aero-acoustics of Flight Vehicles, Theory and Practice", for which he received a citation from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Noise Control Engineering and the Journal of Sound and Vibration. After retirement from NASA, he served as a senior research associate at the College of William and Mary in its school of engineering, consultant for the Bionetics, Corporation, and senior staff engineer at the Lockheed Science and Engineering Company.

For his many contributions to science and his years of public service, NASA honored him with a special service award for group achievement, a gold medal for outstanding scientific achievement, and, after retirement, a gold medal for distinguished public service. Researchers and students who use the "Hubbard Criterion", a scientific formula to predict the effect of noise on physical structures, will ever remember his legacy.

Harvey was a charter member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, served as president of the organization, and was elected to fellowship in the Institute in 2010. He was a longtime member of the Acoustical Society of America, served as chairman of its Technical Council and as president of the Society, was elected as a Fellow, and was awarded its first silver medal for noise control research contributions. He was the first American recipient of the Aero-acoustics Award bestowed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Harvey was a longtime member of Hilton Presbyterian Church and served as elder, trustee, and on many committees. He served on the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes and Family Services and was an active supporter of the Zuni Peanut Sheltered Workshop Training Center for challenged young adults. He cared deeply about the mission of the operation in Zuni, and devoted much time and effort to ensure its success.

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Hubbard, Harvey, HSR, July 28, 2000

Oral History Transcript. 2008

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Propeller Loudness Charts for Light Airplanes. 1946. TN-1145.

Sound from dual-rotating and multiple single-rotating propellers. 1948. TN-1654.

A survey of the aircraft-noise problem with special reference to its physical aspects. 1952. TN-2701.

2014 Acoustical Society of America. 2014 Hubbard Memorial Session of the Acoustical Society of America. Includes four presentations and photos of the family with the four authors.

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Domenic Maglieri will be one of 3 speakers to present papers on Harvey H. Hubbard's contributions to aircraft noise control during his 1945-1980 Langley NACA-NASA career at a memorial session to be held at the May 2014 Acoustical Society of America meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Maglieri's presentation will cover Hubbard's work on propeller noise, jet noise and sonic boom. These are photos requested for the presentation. The propeller apparatus was set up behind building 1229.

Harvey H. Hubbard's Contributions to Aircraft Noise Control during his NACA-NASA Career
Domenic J. Maglieri, Eagle Aeronautics, Inc., Newport News, Va. 23606

Following his service in the US Army Air Corps during World War ll , Harvey accepted a position at the NACA Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1945. Propeller aircraft dominated the air transport system at that time and Harvey became one of the first to perform research on the noise associated with propellers. In the next decade jet engine powered aircraft made their appearance and they became the focus of a rapidly growing acoustics research program at Langley. Harvey's pioneering experimental noise studies on propellers and jet engines provided significant insight and understanding of these two concerns. Foreseeing that additional research efforts would be required to address the many new aircraft noise issues, including the sonic boom and airport-community noise concerns of the proposed U.S. supersonic transport aircraft, he played a key role in getting NASA to expand its acoustic efforts. As a result, Harvey became NASA's technical focal point for all major acoustical activities. This paper will show the acoustic activities Harvey was involved in and present some highlights of his research on propeller noise, jet noise, and sonic boom.

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