James “JP” Hawkins BFA, BA, BS, MFA, MEd
Starting in 1967 I began my education at UC Irvine.
Initially, I went into UC Irvine as a bio sci major. Following the first year, it became evident to me that I wanted to broaden my educational horizons. My faculty counselor/mentor, i.e., Dr. Patrick Healy helped me obtain a contract with the University allowing me to take up to 12 courses per quarter.
This CV is dedicated to my scientific experiences spanning the period starting in 1967 and up until today.
In late 1967 and through to 1971, Dr. Patrick Healy hired me as a lab assistant working on early DNA research. Additionally, a close friend of Dr. Healy and another UC Irvine founding professor F. Sherwood Rowland, who patiently endured years of criticism and then finally won a Nobel Prize for showing that chlorofluorocarbons could destroy the Earth’s ozone layer hired me as a lab assistant in 1968 through to 1971.
Dr. Healy in 1968 also got me a job as manager of the UC Irvine vivarium where I assisted various professors, including work in 1971 on the effects of overpopulation with Associate Professor Dr. William H. Batchelder, School of Social Sciences University of California Irvine.
In 1970. I was a founding member of an interdepartmental class entitled “physics for artists”. Here I developed several Minimalist art forms. 1.) I developed machines which created sounds where I used the sounds to occupy and modulate, i.e., sculpt the space, so the perceiver could become the artist by using a rheostat. 2.) I developed machines which one had to plug-in and turn on or off where I used light as a Minimalist form of painting. 3.) I developed Minimalist Kinetic sculptures where I built machines which were actuated by utilizing permanent magnets with hidden reversible polarity magnets to create motion. Note: by the age of 25 I had already been in five Museum shows.
Beginning in 1969 I assisted a client, i.e., The Brotherhood Of Eternal Light, first in setting up hydroponic systems and then after noting root tip damage on plants sitting in water. I created an automated system wherein I utilized six-inch PVC pipes with holes drilled into the pipes so that I could put cups with growing medium and moistened the roots periodically using mist emitters. The problem with the system was that the mist emitters would get clogged by the salts in the small orifice. To correct this, I developed and had manufactured misters with a pressure actuated flapper to make sure the salts will not build up. To accelerate blooming, I used the same misters with fans to circulate plant hormones, including gibberellic acid and indole-3-acetic acid. Even back in 1970, I referred to these systems as Aeroponic growing systems. My clients and I installed many of these aeroponic systems in southern California and as far north as Humboldt County.
After receiving dual masters in fine arts and education I started a landscape company in 1976, working mainly west of Coast Highway in Newport Beach/Corona del Mar. I called this company A.R.T., i.e., American regional triptych. During this time I developed deep watering systems with siphoned glycol ethers to help loosen the soil and create a deep water reservoir drawing down the roots of trees and large shrubs. The effect of these systems was to create deep roots so trees would not break up the concrete with shallow surface roots and additionally the trees would withstand heavy rains and winds. Note: development of the flapper emitters was the root understanding for which I obtained a Paris Treaty patent for pressure actuated, one-way valves, in 1991. I worked on this novel patent starting in 1988. This patent was the first of its kind wherein the physical laws which created and maintained the one-way pressure actuated valve was supported by the physical laws that actually applied to the successful creation of the mechanism. To access the full patent follow this link: https://patents.google.com/patent/US4988016 . Patent description; a container for fluids is disclosed in which the container is comprised of two flexible sheets joined so as to form a fluid reservoir. Leading from the reservoir is an exit flow channel to permit the expulsion of the fluid contents when pressure is applied to the container. When the applied pressure falls below a predetermined critical value, the exit flow channel will automatically self-seal, thus preventing further fluid flow, leakage, or spoilage. Due to this patent, I worked with DRG in Bristol, England, and with Bosch packaging in Stuttgart Germany on Aseptic systems.
Starting in 1990. I worked with my father, Dr. John J Hawkins and fluid physicist Dr. Hassan Aref and working on the development of a saline water conversion system, which could be operated at 40 psi as opposed to the desalinization systems which required over 400 psi to effectively desalinate seawater. The system we developed utilized a membrane, which was 10 times as hydrophilic as any even known today, which my father created, coupled with a pulsating flow, which I and fluid physicist Dr. Hassan Aref developed. Most recently in 2014, I began work on an automatic treatment system for venous stasis ulcers, this technology now has patents pending.