Karl Eugen Guthe (1866 – )

KARL EUGEN GUTHE was born at Hanover, Germany, March 5, 1866, son of Otto and Anna (Hanstein) Guthe. He received his preparatory training at the gymnasium and technical school of his native city, and pursued university studies in Marburg, Strassburg, and Berlin. He passed the state examination at Marburg in 1889, and received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy there in 1892. In the same year he came to the United States. He was Instructor in Physics in the University of Michigan from 1893 to 1900, and Assistant Professor of Physics from 1900 to 1903. In 1903-1905, he was Associate Physicist at the Government Bureau of Standards, Washington, D. C. Since 1905 he has been Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Physics in the State University of Iowa. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Physical Society, the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, the Philosophical Society of Washington, the Washington Academy of Sciences and the Iowa Academy of Sciences.  He is author (in conjunction with John O. Reid) of ‘Manual of Physical Measurements’ (1902) and ‘Laboratory Exercises with Primary and Storage Cells’ (1903).  He is also a contributor to scientific journals, his researches being mainly in electricity.  He was married at Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1892 to Clara Belle Ware, and they have three children: Karl Eugen Jr., Ida Belle and Otto Emmor.”

Source:  History of the University of Michigan, by Burke Aaron Hinsdale, Published by the University, Ann Arbor, 1906, page 352


Karl Eugen Guthe (1866 – ) — 2 Comments

  1. Karl Guthe met Clara Belle Ware when she was in Hanover, in 1890-91 studying piano. The young couple fell in love. As soon as Karl obtained his Ph.D at the Univ. of Marburg in 1892, he traveled to Grand Rapids, MI and married “Belle.” From 1892-1912 Dr. Guthe worked several college teaching positions and published papers in physics and electricity. His efforts finally led to his being named Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Michigan in 1912. Unfortunately, three years later, in September, 1915, Karl died at the age of 49 in Ashland, Oregon, while traveling with Belle and their two younger children, Ida Belle and Otto. Belle took her children, and her husband’s body, directly to Richmond Virginia by train, where Dr. Guthe’s older brother Oscar was well-established as Pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Church. Dr. Guthe was buried beside his mother, Anna (Hansteint) Guthe, in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery.

  2. Karl Eugen Guthe and Clara Belle (Ware) Guthe were my great grandparents. Contact me for more info on them or if you are related.

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