Joseph F. Baugher (born 1941) is a retired physicist, software engineer, and textbook author, who is also notable for his series of articles on aviation.
He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1963, and studied physics under Philip J. Bray at Brown University, receiving a Ph.D. in 1968.
After fellowships at University of Sheffield and University of Chicago, he became a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971. Turned down for tenure, he went to work at the Teletype Corporation in 1979 doing R&D related to custom semiconductor chip manufacture. After several years, Teletype's activities gradually shut down (1985-1986), as the parent company AT&T divested various of its operations.
Baugher then switched to computer programming for the Naperville division of Bell Laboratories (having developed a taste for computer work), and worked on phone switches for several years, retiring in 2001. As of 2003, he teaches part-time at the Illinois Institute of Art, and continues to write.
Baugher's articles on US aircraft are masterful works with a wealth of detail on all aspects, from the initial design phases to the ultimate fate of the built aircraft.
On Civilized Stars (Prentice-Hall, 1985) ISBN 0-13-634411-9
The Space-Age Solar System (Wiley, 1987) ISBN 0-471-85034-9