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educator , electronics executive

Dean Allen Watkins, American electronics executive, educator.


Watkins, Dean Allen was born on October 23, 1922 in Omaha. Son of Ernest E. and Pauline (Simpson) Watkins.


Bachelor of Science, Iowa State College, 1944. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford, 1951.


Engineer, Collins Radio Company, 1947-1948; member of staff, Los Alamos Laboratory, 1948-1949; technical staff, Hughes Research laboratories, 1951-1953; associate professor electrical engineering, Stanford, 1953-1956; professor, director, Electron Devices Laboratory, 1956-1964; lecturer electrical engineering, Electron Devices Laboratory, 1964-1970; co-founder, president, chief Executive officer, director, Watkins Johnson Company, Palo Alto, California, 1957-1967; chairman, chief Executive officer, director, Watkins Johnson Company, 1967-1980; chairman, director, Watkins Johnson Company, since 1980. Consultant Department Defense, 1956-1966. Member White House Science Council, 1988-1989.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Legislation chairman, director San Meteo County School Boards Association, 1959-1969. Governor San Francisco Bay Area Council, 1966-1975. Republican precinct captain Portola Valley, 1964.

Vice chairman San Mateo County Finance Committee, 1967-1969. Member California Republican Central Committee, 1964-1968. Trustee Stanford, 1966-1969.

Regent University California, 1969-1996, chairman, 1972-1974. Member governing board Sequoia Union High School District, 1964-1968, chairman, 1967-1968. Member governing board Portola Valley School District, 1958-1966.

Member board overseers Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford, since 1969, chairman, 1971-1973, 85-86. Advisory policy commission Santa Clara County Junior Achievement. Trustee National Security Industrial Association, 1965-1978.

Served from private to 1st lieutenant C.E., O.R.C. Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (7th region Achievement award 1957, Frederik Philips award 1981), American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Physical Society, American Management Association, Western Electronic Manufacturers Association (chairman San Francisco council 1967, vice president, director), California City of C. (director 1965-1992, treasurer 1978, president 1981), National Academy Engineering, Mounted Patrol San Mateo County (special deputy sheriff 1960-1970), San Mateo County Horseman's Association, San Benito County Farm Bureau, California Cattlemen's Association, Delta Upsilon.

Clubs: Palo Alto (Palo Alto). Shack Riders (San Mateo County). Commonwealth (San Francisco).

Rancheros Visitadores.


Married Bessie Ena Hansen, June 28, 1944. Children– Clark Lynn, Alan Scott, Eric Ross.

Ernest E. Watkins

Pauline (Simpson) Watkins

Bessie Ena Hansen

Eric Ross Watkins

Alan Scott Watkins

Clark Lynn Watkins