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John Davis Buddhue

John Davis Buddhue was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 27, 1910, the son of Alma Blanche Davis and John Clifford Buddhue, a stock broker. His father had died in 1919, at the young age of 39, and in September of 1928 John (by then aged 18, having just graduated from high school) moved with his mother to Pasadena, California, where they stayed first at the Green Hotel. John attended Pasadena Junior College in 1929-1932, where he was a member of SPQR and Silver Screen, and served as vice president of the Lens and Shutter Club. He went on to earn his PhD (?) from Pomona College, and worked early on for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology.

In 1934 John and Blanche took a vacation in Hawaii (she died in 1947). In 1951, at the age of 41, John married Elizabeth Bacon, and after honeymooning in Hawaii they lived at 1210 Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena.

By 1950 John was a Research Associate at the Institute of Meteoritics (University of New Mexico) and was a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society (serving as vice president from 1958-1962) and the America Association for the Advancement of Science, while still living in Pasadena. By 1957 he was self-employed as a consulting chemist and operated his own laboratory, the Western Meteorite Laboratory.

John wrote several publications in the earth sciences, generally having to do with his specialty in meteorites. Articles include "Doubtful meteorites" (1936), "Meteoritic iron phosphide" (Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites, 1938), "Taenite" (Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites, 1939), "Two new constituents of meteoritic gases" (American Journal of Science, 1940), "Tektites, puzzles of science" (Scientific American, 1941), "Some soluble constituents of meteorites" (1941), "The luminescence of meteorites" (American Journal of Science, 1941), "The compression strength of meteorites" (Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites, 1942). "The average composition of meteorite iron" (Popular Astronomy, 1946), "The abundance of the chemical elements in meteorites and tektites" (Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites, 1946), "Synthetic metallic meteorites" (Contributions of the Meteoritical Society, 1948), "The preparation of a spherical specimen of meteoritic iron" (Meteoritics, 1955), and others. Books include Meteoritic Dust (1950), and The Oxidation and Weathering of Meteorites (1957).

John Davis Buddhue died December 20, 1971, in Orange County, California. A John D. Buddhue, possibly his son, was living in Laguna Beach, California in 1992-1996.


Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate Index, 1871-1922.
US Federal Census 1930.
California Marriage Index.
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