Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Nathaniel Hobbs Knight Prize in Physics, 1957
|The N. Hobbs Knight Prize Scholarship in Physics was established in 1957 by Mrs. Esther F. Martin in honor of her father, the late Nathaniel Hobbs Knight, a member of the faculty in the Department of Physics from 1911 to 1953. It provides two annual awards to be presented to two juniors or seniors who are majoring in physics and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in theoretical and experimental physics.|
Nathaniel Hobbs Knight was born in North Berwick, Maine, in 1883. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1907 and became assistant headmaster at Yarmouth Academy in 1909. In 1910, he married Maude Delle French of Ogunquit, and became the owner and manager of the Ontio Hotel in Ogunquit. At Tufts, he was assistant in the physics department in 1911, instructor in 1912, assistant professor in 1919, associate professor in 1926, and associate professor emeritus in 1953. He also taught as a lecturer in the second semester 1953 to 1954, at the end of which he received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Tufts Alumni Council.
He had a special calling in teaching physics. He was interested in his students and impressed even those students who were sure they had no interest in the subject.
Knight died August 28, 1967.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H