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After fellowships at the University of Sheffield and the University of Chicago, he became a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971. Turned down for tenure, he went to work at the Teletype Corporation in 1979 doing research and development related to custom semiconductor chip manufacture. After several years, Teletype's activities gradually shut down (1985–1986), as its parent company AT&T Corporation divested various of its operations.
Baugher then switched to computer programming for the Naperville division of Bell Laboratories (having developed a taste for computer work), and worked on phone switches for several years, retiring in 2001. As of 2003[update], he teaches part-time at the Illinois Institute of Art, and continues to write.
Baugher's American Military Aircraft website provides detail from the initial design phases to the final fate of the built aircraft, covering practically all the US fighter and bomber models, and several foreign types as well.
- Joseph F. Baugher. (1985). On Civilized Stars. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-634411-9
- Joseph F. Baugher. (1987). The Space-Age Solar System. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-85034-9
- Seidman, David (January 2003). The F/A-18 Hornet. The Rosen Publishing Group. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-0-8239-3874-2. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- Mann, Robert A. (2008-05-05). Aircraft record cards of the United States Air Force: how to read the codes. McFarland. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-0-7864-3782-5. Retrieved 26 February 2011.