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Horace Richard Johnson

Horace Richard Johnson, American electronics company executive. Research Laboratory for Electronics fellow, 1947-1951.


  • Johnson, Horace Richard was born on April 26, 1926 in Jersey City. Son of Horace Adam and Grace (Lower) Johnson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with distinction, Cornell University, 1946. Postgraduate, Cornell University, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952.


    • Member technical staff Hughes Aircraft Company, 1952-1957. Co-founder Watkins-Johnson Company, Palo Alto, California, 1958, president, 1967-1987, vice chairman board directors, since 1988. Lecturer engineering University of California at Los Angeles, 1956-1957, Stanford University, 1958-1968.

      Chairman Los Angeles Professional Group on Electron Devices, 1955-1956. Director WEMA, 1971-1972, Volumes International Technology Assistance, 1971-1973.


    • Patentee in field. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    President Stanford Area council Boy Scouts American, 1968-1970, board member, 1967-1977. Campaign chairman Palo Alto-Stanford chapter United Fund, 1967. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.

    Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Member National Academy Engineering, National Association of Manufacturers (director 1983-1990), American Physical Society, Newcomen Society North American, Commonwealth Club California, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Alpha, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu.


    • Married Mary Louise Kleckner, July 29, 1950. Children: Lucinda Louise, Karen Ann, Richard Adam, Russell Kleckner, David Thorp.
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    Born April 26, 1926
    • 1946
      Cornell University
    • 1947
      Cornell University
    • 1952
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1952 - 1957
      Member, technical staff Hughes Aircraft Company
    • 1958
      co-founder Watkins-Johnson Company
      Palo Alto, California, United States