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James Hillier
James Hillier.jpg
Born (1915-08-22)August 22, 1915
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died January 15, 2007(2007-01-15) (aged 91)
Princeton, New Jersey
Citizenship Canadian
American
Nationality Canadian
Institutions RCA
Alma mater University of Toronto
Known for Commercializing the electron microscope
President of the Electron Microscope Society of America (1945)
Notable awards IEEE Founders Medal (1981)
Not to be confused with the British actor James Hillier (actor).

James Hillier, OC (August 22, 1915 – January 15, 2007) was a Canadian-born scientist and inventor who designed and built, with Albert Prebus, the first successful high-resolution electron microscope in North America in 1938.[1]

Biography[edit]

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. This transmission electron microscope was used as a prototype for later electron microscopes.

In 1941, he went to the United States of America and joined the Radio Corporation of America in Camden, New Jersey. He became General Manager, RCA Laboratories (1957); Vice President, RCA Laboratories (1958); Vice President, Research and Engineering (1968); Executive Vice President, Research and Engineering (1969); and Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist (1976). New technologies developed during his tenure include the system that became RCA SelectaVision. (Note: RCA Laboratories, located in Princeton, NJ, became independent of RCA as a result of the corporate take-over by General Electric in 1986 and became Sarnoff Corporation, a subsidiary of SRI International through 2011, when it was absorbed by SRI.) Hillier spent many years refining the electron microscope and marketing it to research laboratories and universities, receiving a total of 41 patents for devices and processes.

After retiring from RCA in 1977, Dr. Hillier advised on the role of technology in the Third World and promoted science education. Although he became a U.S. citizen in 1945, Hillier remained involved with the Brantford community throughout his lifetime. The James Hillier Foundation, established in 1993, awards annual scholarships to Brant County students pursuing education in science.

In 1936, he married Florence Marjory Bell, a union that lasted until Florence's death in 1992. They had two sons: James Robert Hillier and William Wynship Hillier.

On January 15, 2007, Hillier died in Princeton, New Jersey.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newberry, Sterling (September 2007). "Obituary: James Hillier". Physics Today 60 (9): 87–88. Bibcode:2007PhT....60i..87N. doi:10.1063/1.2784698. 
  • Ball, Vicent and Bauslaugh, Cheryl (January 18, 2007). "James Hillier". Brantford Expositor, pp. A1-A2, A8, A10-A11.

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Bath Chronicle

Bath Chronicle
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:30:51 -0700

Greene goes in heat three at 11.42am, while European under-23 champion Seb Rodger - who also trains at the University of Bath as part of James Hillier's group - bids for the final at 11.36am. Bath also has two representatives in the 200m heats in ...

Eastbourne Herald

Eastbourne Herald
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:52:30 -0700

There, he has trained and competed alongside the top athletes in Britain and received the very best coaching from Malcolm Arnold and James Hillier. Rodger added, “Despite everything I feel well prepared. I arrived in Glasgow yesterday (Tuesday) and the ...
 
isleofman.com
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:22:30 -0700

Honda lead the way in terms of numbers with Jamie Hamilton, Olie Linsdell (Flitwick Motorcycles), William Dunlop and Alan Oversby (both Davies Motorsport), Jamie Coward (Ted Woof), Chris McGahan (Hales Honda), James Hillier (CSC Racing), James ...

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

Honda lead the way in terms of numbers with Jamie Hamilton, Olie Linsdell (Flitwick Motorcycles), William Dunlop and Alan Oversby (both Davies Motorsport), Jamie Coward (Ted Woof), Chris McGahan (Hales Honda), James Hillier (CSC Racing), James ...
 
Energy FM
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:22:30 -0700

Honda lead the way in terms of numbers with Jamie Hamilton, Olie Linsdell (Flitwick Motorcycles), William Dunlop and Alan Oversby (both Davies Motorsport), Jamie Coward (Ted Woof), Chris McGahan (Hales Honda), James Hillier (CSC Racing), James ...

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:15 -0700

At this past June's TT, riders competed at the 2014 IOM TT aboard Kawasaki Ninja machinery – James Hillier (Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki), Horst Saiger (Saiger Kawasaki), Dave Molyneux (DMR Kawasaki) and Dean Harrison (RC Express Kawasaki).
 
Blue Mountain Eagle
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:18:45 -0700

"For everyone, this should be the highlight of their year," Omoregie's coach James Hillier said. "If you set your season right this is when you should be in the best physical shape. The competition is going to be fierce." As it has been all season ...

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews

Ultimate MotorCycling | News and Reviews
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:42:20 -0700

Starting from number one on the road, Dunlop's challengers come thick and fast with James Hillier and Dean Harrison at numbers two and three respectively on the grid. The duo will both be mounted on ZXR750 Kawasaki's, Hillier with Jackson Racing and ...
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