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Communications executive

James Ridout Harris, communications executive. Recipient George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer award, 1999. elder, trustee, president corporation Presbyterian Church; Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior, administrative committee of computer society 1962-1965), American Physical Society, Society Automotive Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.

Background

Harris, James Ridout was born on April 14, 1920. Son of Walter Karl and Hortense (Ridout) Harris.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University Richmond, 1941. Master of Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University, 1948. Postgraduate, Williams College, 1959.

Career

Engineer Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Сompany, Richmond, 1941-1942. With Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York and New Jersey, 1942-1982, director data communications, 1961-1965, director customer switching and government communications, 1965-1971, director customer equipment studies center, 1971-1981, director data network special studies center, 1981-1982. Director special studies center American Telephone & Telegraph Company Information Systems Laboratories, 1983.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Developer pioneer solid state computing equipment, 1950, world's earliest transistor-based computing equipment. Supervisor development world's earliest high speed transistor-based computer, Bell Laboratories, 1953. Patentee computing, communications and solid state circuits.

      Director preparation Engineering Operations Bell System, 1977.

Membership

Elder, trustee, president corporation Presbyterian Church. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior, administrative committee of computer society 1962-1965), American Physical Society, Society Automotive Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.

Connections

Married Frances Elizabeth Wiley, June 23, 1943. Children: Richard Wells, Betty Anne, Beverly Jean.

father:
Walter Karl Harris

mother:
Hortense (Ridout) Harris

spouse:
Frances Elizabeth Wiley

children:
Richard Wells Harris

Betty Anne Harris

Beverly Jean Harris