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James Hillier
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Born (1915-08-22)August 22, 1915
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died January 15, 2007(2007-01-15) (aged 91)
Princeton, New Jersey
Citizenship Canadian
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]


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 due to a stroke.



  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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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:30:00 -0700

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:22:30 -0700

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:03:45 -0700

Qualche settimana fa vi avevamo parlato (con tanto di video) dell'incredibile giro-esibizione effettuato sull'Isola di Man dall'inglese James Hillier, specialista del Road Racing, che con la chiacchieratissima Kawasaki Ninja H2R - recente bolide ...

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:14:35 -0700

Gillian Hillier, 54, Hansby Drive, Hunts Cross stole £65,000 from her mum who has dementia. She pleaded guilty to theft and will be sentenced September 18. The man in the picture is her husband James Hillier. An ex-nurse drained £65,000 from the ...

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0700

This just adds to the madness of hooning it it as fast as rider James Hillier did literally inches from deadly stone walls or… people's living rooms. The road going version, the H2, starts at $25,000 in the US, on top of which you add a $345 ...


Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:12:28 -0700

Kawasaki rider James Hillier is looking to claim the fastest speed ever recorded for a motorcycle on closed roads at the Isle of Man TT after registering over 206 mph on the famous Sulby straight riding a Ninja H2R in a parade lap. The Quattro Plant ...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:55:08 -0700

Kawasaki rider James Hillier's 132-plus-mph lap on his Quattro Plant/Muc-Off Kawasaki earned him a second-place finish in the Senior TT, but that must have seemed like a cruise compared to topping 200mph on the supercharged Ninja H2R (see Kawasaki ...
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:25:33 -0700

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