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researcher , Technology management executive

James Hillier, American Technology management executive, researcher. Decorated officer Order of Canada, 1997; inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame, 1980, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, 1992; recipient JamesLoudon Gold medal U. Toronto, 1937, Albert Lasker award APHA, 1960, Commonwealth award, 1980, Presidential award Microbeam Analysis Society, 1989.


Born in Brantford, Ontario, the son of James and Ethel (Cooke) Hillier, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics (1937), Master of Arts (1938), and a Ph.D (1941) from the University of Toronto, where, as a graduate student, he completed a prototype of the electron microscope that had been invented by Ernst Ruska.


Bachelor, University Toronto, 1937. Master of Arts, University Toronto, 1938. Doctor of Philosophy, University Toronto, 1941.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Toronto, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Wilfrid Laurier University, 2002.


Research assistant Banting Institute, U. Toronto Medical School, 1938-1940;head electron microscope research, Radio Corporation of America laboratories, Camden and Princeton, New Jersey, 1940-1953;administrative engineer corporation research and engineering, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Princeton, 1954-1955;chief engineer commercial electronic products, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Camden, 1955-1957;general manager laboratories, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Princeton, 1957-1958;vice president laboratories, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Princeton, 1958-1968;vice president corporation research and engineering, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, New York City, 1968-1969;executive vice president research and engineering, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, New York City, 1969-1976;executive vice president, senior scientist, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, New York City, 1976-1977;retired, Radio Corporation of America Corporation, New York City, 1977;director corporation research, Westinghouse Air Brake Company, Pittsburgh and Alexandria, Virginia, 1953-1954. Member higher education study committee Governor' General’ s Office, State of New Jersey, 1963-1964. Member commerce technical advisory board unites states department Commerce, Washington, 1964-1970.

Chairman advisory county department electrical engineering Princeton University, 1963-1965. Member of advisory county College Engineering, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, since 1966. Member joint consultative committee United States Agency for International Development/Egyptian Academy Science Research and Technology, Cairo, 1978-1984.


  • In 1950, the James Hillier Public School in Brantford, Ontario was opened. In 1960, he was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. In 1975, he was awarded the IRI Medal from the Industrial Research InstituteIn 1980, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In 1981, he received the Founders Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. In 1997, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope, 1945. Co-contributor: Medical Physics, 1944, volunteer II, 1950, Colloidal Chemistry, volunteer VI, 1946. Contributor Encyclopedia Britannica, 1948.


President, founder James Hillier Foundation, Inc., since 1996. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairman nomination committee section M 1965), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (David Sarnoff award 1967, Founders medal 1981), American Physical Society (member at large, governing board 1964-1965). Member Microscope Society of America (president 1944, Distinguished Scientist award 1977), Industrial Research Institute (board directors 1960-1965, president 1964, Institute medal 1975), National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

(board directors since 1992, Lifetime Achievement award 2002), National Academy Engineering (council 1971), Rotary (board directors 1988-1991), Nassau Club, Sigma Xi.


Married Florence Marjory Bell, October 24, 1936 (deceased 1992). Children: James Robert, William Wynship (deceased).

James Senior Hillier

Ethel Anne (Cooke) Hillier

Florence Marjory Bell

James Robert Hillier

William Wynship Hillier (deceased)