Nathan I. Hall

A portrait of Nathan Hall

Inducted:

05/03/1991

Degrees:

B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1934 
 M.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1935 
E.E., Stanford, 1937 
 Honorary Doctor of Science, West Virginia University, 1956

Nathan I. Hall was born in Elkins, WV, in 1910. He received the BSEE and MSEE degrees in 1934 and 1935, respectively, and an EE degree from Stanford in 1937. In 1956 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from WVU. He served with Bell Laboratory from 1937 to 1947 and was named Outstanding Young American Engineer in 1943 by Eta Kappa Nu for his achievements there. He joined Hughes Aircraft in 1946 and was promoted in 1954 to Vice-President of Hughes Weapons Systems Development Laboratories where he oversaw the development of many electronic systems, including the Falcon air-to-air missile.

Nathan patented a new type of piccolo and invented a radio circuit that won a patent interference from General Electric.

He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi and a Fellow of the AIEE (now IEEE), was listed in Who's Who in America, and was also a licensed pilot.

He died in 1987 after a long bout with Parkinson's Disease.