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  • Title: Bruce Hadley Billings papers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2004
    Collection Number: 82086
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, (3.4 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2004
    Abstract: Programs, writings and proposals on developing computer technology and its role as well as agriculture its effects in the economic development of Taiwan.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials : English and Chinese.
    Creator: Billings, Bruce Hadley, 1915-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bruce Hadley Billings papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1972.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    American physicist, Bruce Hadley Billings earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1943.
    Billings later served as the American Commissioner of the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR) in China, and concurrently served as the Special Assistant for Science and Technology to the United States Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 1968 to 1973.
    In 1970, Billings worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories (Bell Laboratories) and made observations about building telephone components and electronic systems thus having impact on trade between Taiwan and the United States aiding in Taiwan's economic growth. In 1972, Billings was decorated with the Order of Brilliant Star--a civilian order from Taiwan for outstanding contributions to the development of its nation given to both domestic and foreign nationals.
    In the 1980s, Billings served as director of optical companies such as Bell and Howell and Taiwan Electro-optical Systems. Billings was assigned five United States patents including an improved Bolometer that he co-invented with Walter Hyde and Edgar Barr.
    Bruce Hadley Billings papers, Hoover Institution Archives.

    Arrangement Statement

    Files are named and arranged according to the original order imposed by the creator.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains maps, photographs, illustrations, correspondence, reports, proceedings, news clippings and printed materials relating to the role of technology in programs and projects associated with Taiwanese economic development, agriculture, optics and marine science. The selection of computer technology and industrial equipment as well as materials on aerial mapping for forestry, highway and the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
    Correspondence files include reports on Billings' visits to institutions in the Republic of China (Taiwan). Reports cover proceedings and conferences in joint effort with the government of the United States of America as well as independent reports and findings from agencies within the Republic of China. Writings cover the programs that Billings spearheaded in Taiwan.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Taiwan--Economic conditions.