Bachelor, Princeton University, 1932. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1933. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1941.
Doctor honoris causa, University Nancy I, 1977.
He is also known for his work on the electromigration of atoms, which later became an important consideration in semiconductor electronics. Huntington was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and received his bachelor"s (1932), master"s (1933) and doctoral (1941) degrees from Princeton University. He taught at Culver Military Academy, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in Saint Louis.
During World World War II Huntington worked at the Radiation Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Huntington joined the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1946.
He served as chair of the physics department at RPI from 1961-1968. Some of his paintings can be found on display in the Hillard B. Huntington library ("HBH"), named in his honor, located in the Jonsson-Rowland Science center at RPI. RPI also established the Hillard B. Huntington Award for graduate students in his honor.
Fellow American Physical Society (chairman division solid state physics 1966-1967). Member Federation American Scientists, Sigma Xi.
Married Ruth Smedley Wheeler, June 24, 1939. Children: Frederic Wright, Hillard Griswold, David Champion.