Los Angeles, California USA – The American University of Armenia announced a recent endowment of $100,000 by Mrs. Lucina Agbabian Hubbard establishing a scholarship in the College of Science and Engineering. She made the generous gift in honor of the memory of her late husband, physicist Dr. Harmon
William Hubbard. The new endowment fund will be called The Harmon William Hubbard Scholarship Endowment Fund and will fund scholarships to students at AUA to pursue their studies in science and engineering.
Dr. Bruce Boghosian, President of AUA, remarked, “Dr. Hubbard was committed to the advancement of science and engineering education. Mrs. Hubbard’s gift to AUA in memory of Dr. Hubbard is a continuation of that commitment, and for that we are ever grateful.”
Biography of Dr. Harmon W. Hubbard
After receiving his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Hubbard devoted his career to science. He was a founding member of Research and Development Associates (RDA) working in nuclear technology and the application of physics to problems of national security until his retirement in 1988. His work included studies of seismic detection of underground explosions and studies of proliferation of nuclear explosions. He also worked on nuclear fusion systems to produce commercial electricity. Prior to his work at RDA he was a senior physicist at the Rand Corporation and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was a member of the Sigma Xi, a society “Devoted to the Promotion of Research in Science.”
Dr. Hubbard and his wife were interested in the arts and they enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and traveling. They visited Lebanon, where Dr. Hubbard had been invited to teach Physics at the American University of Beirut. His interest in AUA goes all the way back to its founding years when he believed that the affiliation with the University of California System strengthened AUA’s academic program and led to accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) gaining international respect and recognition.
The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia. Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California. Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.