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Victor Hobbs Hutchison

biologist , educator

Victor Hobbs Hutchison, American biologist, educator. Achievements include demonstration of facultative endothermy in brooding pythons; research on role of skin in amphibian respiration; development of standardized method for determination of critical thermal maximum in animals.


Hutchison, Victor Hobbs was born on June 15, 1931 in Blakely, Georgia, United States. Son of Joseph Victor and Veva (Hobbs) Hutchison.


Bachelor of Science, N. Georgia College, 1952. Master of Arts, Duke University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1959.

Graduate, United States Army Command and General Staff College.


Instructor Duke University, 1957-1958, faculty fellow, Southern Fellowship Fund fellow, 1958-1959. Member faculty University Rhode Island, 1959-1970, professor biology, 1968-1970. Director Institute Environmental Biology, 1966—1970.

Professor, chairman department zoology University Oklahoma, Norman, 1970-1980, George Lynn Cross research professor zoology, 1979-2001, research professor emeritus, since 2001. Research professor Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1965-1966. Principal investigator National Geography Society-U. Rhode Island herpetological expedition to Colombia, 1964-1965, National Geography Society-U. Oklahoma expeditions to Lake Titicaca, 1975, Cameroon, 1981.

With United States Army, 1952-1954, colonel medical service corporation United States Army Reserve.


  • Achievements include demonstration of facultative endothermy in brooding pythons. Research on role of skin in amphibian respiration. Development of standardized method for determination of critical thermal maximum in animals.


  • Editor Animal Natural History series, since 1991. Research and articles on heat tolerances of lower vertebrates, effects of day-length on metabolism and temperature tolerance of lower vertebrates, physiology of lower vertebrates, physiological ecology of amphibians and reptiles, respiration in amphibians, behavioral thermoregulation.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Institute Biological Science, American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (president 1988), American Physiological Society, Ecological Society of America, Herpetologists League (executive committee 1968-1971), Society Study Amphibians and Reptiles (board governors 1986-1988, president 1998-1999), Explorers Club, Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education(founder, 2002).


Married Theresa Dokos, December 14, 1952. Children: Victoria Ann, John Christopher, David Michael, Kenneth Hobbs.

Joseph Victor Hutchison

Veva (Hobbs) Hutchison

Theresa Dokos

Victoria Ann Hutchison

John Christopher Hutchison

David Michael Hutchison

Kenneth Hobbs Hutchison