William H. Huggins

William H. Huggins
Rupert, ID, USA
Death date
Associated organizations
John Hopkins University
Fields of study
IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal


William H. Huggins received the 1966 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal. He served on Johns Hopkins faculty in the department of electrical engineering from 1954-1984. His early research centered on the theory of signals and systems and electrical circuit theory. Colleagues and administrators remembered him most for his pedagogical contributions. As early as the 1960s, Huggins championed the use of computers as teaching tools.

Huggins was born in Rupert, Idaho. He earned his bachelor's (1941) and master's (1942) degrees in electrical engineering from Oregon State University. Two years after receiving his master's degree, he joined Harvard University's Radio Research Laboratory. Huggins then decided to pursue his doctorate in electrical engineering, which he received from MIT in 1953.

Outside of the laboratory and the classroom, Huggins was an accomplished piano player. He even kept a wooden clavichord in his office. Huggins died on August 11, 2001 in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the age of 82.