GALEN B. SCHUBAUER

1904–1992

BY HANS W. LIEPMANN

GALEN B. SCHUBAUER was born in Sparrows Point, Maryland, on July 7, 1904, and died in Lanham, Maryland, on November 24, 1992, of a heart condition. He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Marian; his four daughters, Sally Carter, Nancy Doyle, Mary Thulin, and Betsy de Vergilio; and eight grandchildren.

Dr. Schubauer, known affectionately as "Schubi" in professional circles, began his academic education at Pennsylvania State College and completed it with an M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He spent his entire professional career at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), starting as a "junior physicist" in 1929 and retiring as chief of the Fluid Mechanics Branch in 1968. During this time he was author or coauthor of some twenty-five publications, a modest number by present standards. But among these papers are a number that set standards in their field. In particular, the famous Schubauer-Skramstad experiments on laminar instability are one of the most important contributions to modern fluid dynamics.

In every profession, an individual may be highly valued by outsiders and much less so by colleagues intimately acquainted with his specific work. On the opposite end of the scale, an individual may not be well known to distant colleagues and people outside a particular profession but extremely highly rated by experts in the field. Schubi was a prime example of



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