Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. contributed over fifty years of service to The Johns Hopkins University as a student, faculty member and administrator. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1924 and his Ph.D. in 1931 in Electrical Engineering, both from Hopkins. Immediately after receiving his doctorate, he took a teaching position in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Hamburger served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1954 until his retirement from teaching in 1970.
During the Second World War, Hamburger contributed to the war effort through research, coming to be regarded as an authority on dielectrics, radio and electronics, and radar target simulation equipment. He also served as a consultant to numerous industries and governmental agencies.
From 1958 to 1971, he served as Director of the Carlyle Barton Radiation Laboratory, located on the Homewood Campus. The Barton Laboratory, funded by the United States Air Force, was responsible for research and the solution of problems relating to electromagnetic warfare.
In 1970, Hamburger retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus. That same year, he was appointed Director of Centennial Planning by President Lincoln Gordon. In this position, he was responsible for planning and coordinating the many components of the University's Centennial Celebration, held in 1976.
Early in the course of planning for the Centennial, the University came to realize that its historical records were not properly organized, and indeed, were not even together in one location. To remedy this situation Hamburger promoted the founding of a University Archives to provide for the proper organization and preservation of the University's records. In 1977, in recognition of his service to the University, the Archives was formally named the Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. Archives.
On February 22, 1987, in further recognition of his decades of service to Johns Hopkins, Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. was awarded an honorary degree at Commemoration Day ceremonies.
Ferdinand Hamburger, Jr. died in 1994.