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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.


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, Watkins-Johnson Company, 1967-1987;vice Chairman, Board Of Directors, Watkins-Johnson Company, 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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.

Horace Adam Johnson

Grace (Lower) Johnson

Mary Louise Kleckner

Lucinda Louise Johnson

Karen Ann Johnson

Richard Adam Johnson

Russell Kleckner Johnson

David Thorp Johnson