The death of Professor Hughes, for the last ten years Dean of the Harvard School of Engineering, marks the close of a career distinguished by high academic recognition and distinctive contribution to the advancement of science and education. Starting his career as a member of the Harvard faculty in 1902, Professor Hughes rapidly achieved a position of recognition as an educator. His name has always been closely linked with science, and for several years before his appointment to the position of Dean of the Harvard Engineering School he held joint professorships in science at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Although his work has not been of a character to excite popular acclaim, his career has been attended by substantial, rather than merely flashy accomplishments, both in research and in education; and the importance of Professor Hughes' contributions to science has been amply testified by wide recognition from experts. Membership in numerous scientific organizations of importance including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science bears evidence to the high esteem in which Professor Hughes was regarded by fellow scientists.
The author of numerous technical treatises, and for many years a scientific figure of importance, his connection with the Engineering School has been one of, enduring credit to himself and valuable service to the school, and it is with a feeling of the deepest regret that the University learns of its loss.