In Memory of Talbot Chubb
photo by Charles Beaudette
The cold fusion community lost another valued member when Dr. Talbot Chubb passed away on December 10, 2011 at the age of 88.
Chubb received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, 1951). His thesis was awarded the Elisha Mitchell Society Award for the best experimental thesis of the year.
Chubb worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee Eastman Y12 facility) on the Manhattan Project, then joined the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 1950 as an experimental physicist. At NRL, he conducted research that examined the earth’s upper atmosphere, the sun and a process for storing energy collected from sunlight (called SolChem).
In 1963, Chubb was awarded the E.O. Hulbert Science Award. In 1978 he received both the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his work in space science and the NRL RESA Pure Science Award.
Chubb retired from the Space Science Division of NRL in 1981 after 31 years of service, and began work as a consultant in alternative energies. This early interest in alternative energy (particularly solar and ocean thermal) caused him to be particularly interested in the 1989 cold fusion announcement by Fleischmann and Pons. However, it was his nephew, the late Dr. Scott Chubb, who got him extensively involved in the field. Together, they published numerous theoretical papers, most focusing on the ion band state theory, beginning as early as 1990. He published about 80 scientific papers in total and held numerous patents.
Chubb formed Cold Fusion Energy Research Co. to promote the cold fusion field. In 2008, the company published his first book, Cold Fusion: Clean Energy for the Future. The book, like many of his recent papers, focused on the work of Yoshiaki Arata and Yue-Chang Zhang. Readers can purchase a hard copy of the book or a PDF download from Infinite Energy. Talbot was honored to present on the work of Arata and Zhang at ICCF14 in 2008 in a session he organized, titled “Honoring Yoshiaki Arata.”
Talbot Chubb will be sorely missed by his colleagues, friends and family. Dennis Cravens said: “I remember fondly our discussions of band states and he helped get me started looking at Pd on crystals and high Gibbs free compounds. I will miss him and our monthly talks on the phone. He was a good scientist and a great person.”
David Nagel reflected on the many losses the cold fusion community has suffered this year, noting, “Losing both Scott and Talbot Chubb, as well as Yan Kucherov, all in one year is tough. But, we can celebrate their scientific contributions and wonderful personalities. Talbot was clearly a very interactive and pleasant scientist. He left behind a lot of good work and a lot of good will.”
Chubb was a great supporter of our efforts at Infinite Energy; he published over a dozen papers in the magazine. His latest paper, “Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Fusion” (co-authored by Mark Daehler) appears in this issue. In Issue 102, Marianne Macy will present a more detailed perspective on Talbot’s work in the cold fusion field, based on his oral history interview.
Talbot Chubb is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions can be made to any of the following organizations: New Energy Foundation (P.O. Box 2816, Concord, NH 03302-2816), Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (P.O. Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808).