Dr. Ian M. Ross
Dr. Ian M. Ross Bueche Award
President Emeritus, Bell Laboratories
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Arthur M. Bueche Award
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Biography

The honor of the Arthur M. Bueche Award is bestowed on an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between industries, government, and universities. This year's recipient is Dr. Ian M. Ross, president emeritus of Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Ian M. Ross has had a 30 plus year career at Bell Laboratories, serving the company in both management and engineering capacities, most recently as president emeritus.

Dr. Ross joined Bell Laboratories in 1952, where he became engaged in the development of a wide variety of semiconductor devices. In 1959, he became director of the Semiconductor Laboratory in Murray Hill, N.J., and three years later he was named director of the Semiconductor Device and Electron Tube Laboratory in Allentown, Penn.

In 1964, Dr. Ross was appointed managing director of Bellcomm, Inc., a Bell System subsidiary that provided systems engineering support for the Apollo manned space flight program. He was elected president of Bellcomm in 1968. He returned to Bell Laboratories in 1971 as executive director of the Network Planning Division and was promoted to vice president in 1973, executive vice president in 1976, and then president in 1979. He retired in 1992.

Dr. Ross' leadership at Bellcomm allowed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to draw upon extensive systems engineering experience of AT&T to meet the ambitious timetable for the Apollo Program. This had widespread success on public attitudes toward science and technology and the proper role of government in relation to these fields. At Bell Laboratories, he led the rapid development of innovations in wired and wireless telephony and in systems and devices to make possible data communications over the national communication network.

Dr. Ross was elected to membership to the National Academy of Engineering in 1973. In addition, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1982, to the Engineering Academy of Japan in 1988 as a foreign member, and to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1990.

A native of Southport, England, Dr. Ross received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Gonville and Caius College of Cambridge University in 1948. He received his master's degree and his doctorate in 1952, also from Cambridge University. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Christina.

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Awards
  • Bueche
  • 2001
  • His contributions to semiconductor development, his leadership of engineering for communications networks and the Apollo program, and his role in shaping national policies affecting the semiconductor industry.