Richard R. Hough

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This article is about the engineer. For the historian, see Richard Hough.

Richard Ralston Hough (pronounced "Huff") (1917 in Trenton, New Jersey – July 9, 1992 in Concord, New Hampshire) was a Bell Labs engineer and AT&T executive.


Hough received his B.S. in 1939 and a graduate degree in 1940 in electrical engineering from Princeton University. While at Princeton he was on the school's swimming team and set several world records in that sport.[1]

In 1980 Hough received the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for his role in the introduction of electronic telephone switching.

He was inaugurated into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1970.

He died in a crash in 1992 when the private plane he was piloting experienced engine failure.


  1. ^ Willcoxon, S.R. (1993). "Richard Ralston Hough". Memorial Tributes 6. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. pp. 85–87. ISBN 978-0-309-04847-7. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 

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Preceded by
Christian Jacobaeus
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by
David Slepian