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John Austin Hornbeck, American electronics executive.


Hornbeck, John Austin was born on November 4, 1918 in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. Son of John Wesley and Frances Cornelia (Wolfe) Hornbeck.


Bachelor, Oberlin College, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1944.


Teaching fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1939-1941. Teaching aide, national defense research committee Office Science Research and Development, 1941-1943, secretary land mines committee Washington, 1944-1945. Research physicist Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hills, New Jersey, 1946-1953, solid state device development engineer, 1953-1955, director electron tube development, 1955-1958, executive director electron tube and transistor development, 1958-1962, vice president, 1972-1979.

President Bellcomm, Inc., Washington, 1962-1966. Also director; vice president Western Electrical Company, New York City, 1962-1966. President Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, 1966-1972.

Also director

Member aerospace safety advisory board National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1967-1970. Member National Research Council visiting committee Joint Institute Laboratory Astrophysics. Chairman visiting committee National Bureau Standards' Institute Basic Standards.

Member committee advisory to administrator Energy Research and Development Administration on Energy Research and Development Administration Laboratories, 1975-1976. Member naval studies board National Research Council, 1975-1979, director summer study, 1976. Trustee Center Applied Linguistics, Arlington, Virginia, 1977-1979.

Member Air Science Advisory Board, 1978.


  • Avocation: golf.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors United Community Fund, Albuquerque, 1968-1972, president, 1971. President, board directors Somerset Hills Community Chest, New Jersey, 1975, Sea Palms Property Owners Association, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 1985. Board directors Coastal Georgia Humane Society, St. Simons Island, 1985.

Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Physical Society. Member National Academy Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Delta Sigma Rho, Tau Beta Pi Clubs: Cosmos (Washington). Sea Palms Golf (St. Simons Island).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: golf.


Married Emily Elizabeth Aldrich, January 31, 1942. Children– Joan Hornbeck Smith, Kirk Austin, John Frederick, Christopher Wolfe, Deborah Ann.

John Wesley Hornbeck

Frances Cornelia (Wolfe) Hornbeck

Emily Elizabeth Aldrich

Joan Hornbeck Smith Hornbeck

Kirk Austin Hornbeck

John Frederick Hornbeck

Christopher Wolfe Hornbeck

Deborah Ann Hornbeck