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Bill Webster, Vice President, RCA Laboratories, is responsible for directing RCA's central research organization located at the David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, New Jersey. He is also responsible for direction of technical programs at Laboratories RCA, Ltd. in Zurich, Switzerland; RCA Research Laboratories, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan; and RCA's Solid State Technology Center in Somerville, New Jersey.
A leader in the field of solid state physics, Dr. Webster joined RCA Laboratories in 1946 and made numerous contributions to tube and transistor developments. From 1954 to !959, he was Manager of Advanced Development for the RCA Semiconductor and Materials Division. He returned to RCA Laboratories as Director of the Electronic Research Laboratory in 1959. He was appointed Staff Vice President, Materials and Device Research in 1966 and has been in charge of RCA Laboratories since 1968. He was elected to his present position of Corporate Vice President in 1969.
Dr. Webster holds many patents in such diverse fields as television, vacuum tubes, gas tubes, circuitry and semiconductor devices. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Sigma Xi, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served in the United States Navy during World War II with the rank of Lieutenant j.g. He has a commercial pilot's license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He is a director of Horizon Bancorp and of the Princeton Bank and Trust Co., as well as a Trustee of both The Medical Center at Princeton and The Carrier Clinic Foundation
And no, that is not a crystal ball on Bill's desk - it's a "Ponder Ball." Bill received the RCA award on October 23, 1973 in recognition of his 20th patent. We hope it turns silver when he gains five more patents.
- RCA 1980 Company Biography
The appointment of Dr. William M. Webster as Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor has been announced by Roy H. Pollack, Executive Vice President, Electronic Products and Technology. Dr. Webster, who has served as Vice President, RCA Laboratories, since 1968, will now have responsibility for providing technical advice and counsel to all RCA activities.
He has been a leader in the field of solid state physics, and joined RCA Laboratories in 1946, making numerous contributions to tube and transistor developments. From 1954 to 1959, he was Manager of Advanced Development for the RCA Semiconductor and Materials Division. He returned to RCA Laboratories as Director of the Electronic Research Laboratory in 1959. He was appointed Staff Vice President, Materials and Device Research in 1966, and assumed responsibility for the management of RCA Laboratories in 1968. He was elected a Corporate Vice President in 1969. Dr. Webster holds patents in such diverse fields as television, vacuum tubes, gas tubes, circuitry, and semiconductor devices. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr Webster was awarded the Frederik Philips Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1980 "for sustained leadership in the management of research and development."
He received a BS in Physics from Union College in 1945, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1954.
- RCA 1985 Company Biography
In 2002, Bill Webster was retired and residing in the Bahamas.
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