Ralph P. Hudson
Ralph P. Hudson is a retired physicist who was born in Wellingborough, England
in 1924. He received his B.A. degree, Master’s degree, and D.Phil (1949) from
Oxford University. He was a scientific officer for the British Ministry of
Supply, 1944-1946 and taught physics at Purdue University from 1949 to 1951.
Dr. Hudson joined the Cryogenics Section of NBS in 1951 and was later Chief of
that section, and then Chief of the Heat Division. He served as Deputy Director
of the Center for Absolute Physical Quantities at NBS, 1978-1980. He was a staff
member of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, in France, and
Editor of Metrologia, 1980-1989. Dr. Hudson was a program manager at the
National Science Foundation from 1989 to 1992, and intermittently since then.
Dr. Hudson’s honors include the John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin
Institute, the Stratton and Condon Awards of the National Bureau of Standards,
and the Gold Medal of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.