plishments. These included Fellow, R.F. Mehl Medalist, C.H. Mathewson Medalist, Educator Award, and Hume-Rothery Medalist from the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS); Fellow and Albert Saveur Achievement Award from ASM International; and Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Metals. He participated widely in international conferences as keynote speaker, conference organizer, and editor of conference proceedings.
Hub had a tremendous influence on his students and associates, and he was beloved by all of them. A stern taskmaster, but a friendly and helpful advisor and collaborator, his vision and optimism were inspiring, and his supportiveness was legendary. On three different occasions, his students organized symposia honoring him. He regularly held lavish dinner parties for his students, often reserving an entire restaurant for the occasion. He held similar events to entertain visiting scientists and speakers, often paying for them himself. He also funded portions of conferences he organized, particularly to help students to attend.
In a sense, his work was his hobby. He remained a bachelor throughout his life and worked long and unusual hours. Unless he had to attend a function or deliver a lecture, his day began at about 3 p.m. and ended around 5 a.m. Students and colleagues who wanted to see him had to fit in late afternoon appointments. Even Ford Scientific Laboratory accommodated his schedule and made special arrangements for him to work through the night.
He took vacations at posh resorts, often beaches, and lived the high life. He read assiduously, especially in military history. Indeed, this interest led him to work at the Naval Research Laboratory for four years after his retirement from Carnegie Mellon University.
Hub Aaronson was an internationally respected colleague, a valuable collaborator, a successful teacher, and a warm friend to many in the materials field. He will be missed, but his contributions will live on.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara A. McMurray, of Lafayette, Indiana.