Henry L. Bachman

Henry L. Bachman
Henry L. Bachman
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Associated organizations
Wheeler Laboratories, Hazeltine Corporation
IEEE Haraden Pratt Award


Henry L. Bachman, IEEE President, 1987, served in a number of technical and managerial positions at Wheeler Laboratories and Hazeltine Corporation.


Henry Bachman was born on 29 April 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic University) obtaining the BSEE and MSEE degrees in 1951 and 1954, respectively. He attended the Advanced Management Program, Harvard University School of Business in 1972. Bachman's first professional association in 1951 was with Wheeler Laboratories in Great Neck, New York, starting as a development engineer working on antennas and microwave components for radar tracking and guidance systems and communications. He held various technical and managerial positions, including assistant Chief Engineer (1961), Vice President (1966), Executive Vice President and Director (1967), until becoming President in 1968, responsible for directing all phases of company operations. In 1970, Bachman joined Hazeltine Corporation when Wheeler Laboratories, a subsidiary company, was merged into the parent company. At Hazeltine, he has held various managerial positions, first as Product Line Director, Radio Navigation Systems and then as Vice President, Product Assurance, Government Products; Vice President, Customer Services and Quality, Industrial Products; Vice President Operations; and Vice President Engineering. Most recently, as Vice President, Special Projects, his responsibilities have included the design and implementation of a new, modern antenna test capability for Hazeltine's Engineering and Research Department and planning for the diversification of Hazeltine's defense technology to commercial wireless communication products.

Bachman is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served in many leadership roles, nationally and locally. He was IEEE president in 1987, and president of the IEEE Foundation from 1994 to 1999. His IEEE awards include the Engineering Management Society, Engineering Manager of the Year, and the Centennial Medal. He is a member and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Distinguished Alumnus, Fellow and Advisory Trustee of Polytechnic University. Bachman's activities in other professional and community organizations include: Past Chairman and Director, Long Island Forum for Technology; President and Director, Friends of Long Island Museum of Science and Technology; Director, Huntington Arts Council. He is a recipient of the Long Island Distinguished Leadership award.

Bachman and his wife, Doris, reside in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. They have three children, Steven, Diane and Lorraine. His outside interests include music and sailing.

Bachman was awarded the 1995 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award "For outstanding leadership in service to the Institute, especially for contributions to the development of the strategic plan entitled IEEE Strategies for the Future."

Further Reading

Henry L. Bachman Oral History