Richard R. Hough

Richard Ralston Hough (/ˈhʌf/; 1917 – July 9, 1992) was a Bell Labs engineer and AT&T executive.


Hough was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended Trenton High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree 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 International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1970.[2]

He died in a crash in 1992, when the private plane he was piloting experienced engine failure near Concord, New Hampshire.

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  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.
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Richard Hough (USA). Retrieved March 19, 2015.

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