Hamilton Lanphere Smith, D.Sc. 1900

Member of the faculty, Hobart College
1868-1900

October 6, 1990

Hamilton Lanphere Smith was born in New London, Connecticut, in 1818. He attended Yale College, graduating with an A.M. degree in 1839. While a college student, he constructed what was then this country’s largest telescope. In 1849, Smith was appointed to the chair of natural philosophy and astronomy at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 1868, he became Prendergast Professor of Astronomy and Natural Philosophy at Hobart College.

Smith became well-known internationally for his microscopic study of the diatomaceae and for the classification and arrangement of this group of cryptogrammic algae. He was the world’s pioneer in tintypes and is credited with being the first in this country to discover the comet of 1844.

He was one of five professors who “formed a distinguished faculty which made Hobart College respected through all the vicissitudes” of the late 19th Century and was known as a confidant and benefactor of students and younger faculty. In 1871, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. From 1883 to 1884 he served as acting president of Hobart College.

Smith was widely published and authored many books, including Natural Philosophy for School and Academies (1842), First Lessons in Astronomy and Geology (1848), A Few Remarks on Angular Aperture (1879), and Species Typicae Diatomacearum (1885-87).

In 1900, Smith retired, receiving the honorary degree Doctor of Science. He died on August 1, 1903.


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2018

Elena Ciletti

Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.'12

2017

Jim Crenner

Benjamin Daise

Maureen Flynn P'09, P'12, P'16*

2016

Roger Farrand '49, P'78

Lois F. Nellis '46*

Ann B. Oaks '74, P'84, P'85, P'89

2014

Claudette Kemper Columbus

2013

Nicholas V. D'Angelo P'98

2012

Peter R. Beckman

Leonard Lawson L.H.D. '68*

Tom Millington

John George Van Deusen P'43

2011

Mary Gerhart

Joel Kerlan, P'89

Deborah Tall*

2010

Joseph N. Abraham, L.H.D. '81*

Donald L. Woodrow P'83, GP'15

2008

Valerie C. Saiving

William G. Hosking '47, P'74*

2007

Walter A. Ralls

2006

Valerie Kish

Frank O’Laughlin*

2004

John Loftus P'75, P'76, P'91*

Toni Flores P'94*

2003

Richard Heaton P'86*

Marvin Bram P'91, L.H.D. ’99

2002

Joseph DiGangi

Eugene F. Murphy P'74, L.H.D. '90*

2001

Ralph Bullard*

Kenneth Carle P'82, P'84, P'90

2000

Benjamin P. Atkinson, L.H.D. '86*

Otto Eugene Schoen-René*

John Lydenberg*

Lindsay A. J. Lafford P'65, P'71, L.H.D. '87*

1999

Robert A. Huff*

1998

Theodore Tellefsen Odell '20, Sc. D.'67*

Irving O. Bentsen '54

1997

Charles Delamater Vail '59, L.H.D.'04*

John Archer Silver*

Charles John Rose '76*

Francis Phillip Nash*

Joseph H. McDaniels, LL.D. '11*

1996

Abigail Mosey*

Brooks Otis, L.H.D. '77*

1995

John Muirheid*

Maynard O. Smith P'76

1993

Richard A. Ryan

William Pitt Durfee, LL.D. '22*

Walter Hetherington Durfee '08, Sc.D. '59*

1992

Elon Howard Eaton*

Edward E. Griffith, L.H.D. '88*

1991

Milton Haight Turk, LL.D. '38*

Kathryn Dapp Cook, L.H.D. '84*

1990

Horace Webster*

John Towler*

Hamilton Lanphere Smith, D.Sc. 1900*


* deceased

 

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