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J. Fred Bucy

Distinguished Engineer: 1972

Degree: Engineering Physics – 1951

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1972

J. Fred Bucy, born 1929 in Tahoka, Texas, received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University in 1951, the year he became an associate research physicist in the Defense Research Laboratories of The University of Texas, from which school he received his MS. in Physics in 1952.

Mr. Bucy joined Texas Instruments and was assigned to Central Research Laboratories, with responsibility for the development of geophysical instrumentation. The result was a hybrid analog/digital processor for use in interpreting geophysical data, the field production of which occasioned his move to the company’s Houston operation.

Later, Mr. Bucy was assigned the development of the first solid state seismic system, introduced to the market in 1958. He became manager of the program to develop the first integrated seismic digital system, comprising a solid state asynchronous digital computer and a digital field system and high–fidelity seismic amplifier.

In 1963, he became corporate vice president of Texas Instruments and general manager of the apparatus division, which included the Houston–based Industrial Products and the Dallas–based Government Products, such as radar, infrared, sonar, missile, and space systems and instrumentation.

In 1967, he became head of his company’s Semiconductor–Components Division, in which capacity his responsibilities were extended to include its international manufacturing operations. Later in this year he was elected corporate group vice president, with world–wide responsibility for the components group.

Mr. Bucy served as director or chairman of the board of a number of subsidiaries of Texas Instruments and is now president of Texas Instruments, Japan. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; he is a member of the executive committee of the Solid State Products Division of Electronic Industries Association; and of the Defense Science Board of the Department of Defense. He is a member of the board of the Metro Dallas United Fund. A holder of a number of patents, Mr. Bucy is listed in American Men and Women of Science.

Texas Tech University is honored to cite J. Fred Bucy as: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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