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Beranek, Leo L. (Leo Leroy), 1914-2016
Oral history interview with Leo Beranek, 1989 September 30 and October 28.
Dr. Beranek discusses his family background and childhood in Iowa. His research focuses on acoustics and noise control. After obtaining in Ph.D. from Harvard University in June 1940 in communication physics, he was appointed the director of the electro-acoustics laboratory at Harvard. It was in the course of war work in the early 1940's that he became interested in airborne acoustics and noise control, a field in which he would remain active through the Noise Control Act of 1972. Most notable contribution were in the fundamentals of electro acoustics, speech communications systems for noisy environments, and aircraft noise. Dr. Beranek was also an important contributor to the formation of professional groups in the field of audio. Professional distinctions include his presidencies of the Acoustical Society of America and later the the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (beginning in 1988). Outside of acoustics, Dr. Beranek served as director of the Wang Computer Company and a member of the Massachusetts Committee on Judicial Ethics.
Acoustician and authority on acoustical science. Co-founder of Bolt, Beranek and Newman Inc. of Cambridge, MA; president 1953-1969, director 1953-1983. Taught at Harvard, 1940-1946; Associate Professor of Communication Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1947-1959, and lecturer, 1959-1981. Fellow in American Physical Society, Acoustical Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Audio Engineering Society.
Beranek, Leo L. (Leo Leroy), 1914-2016
Acoustical Society of America.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.).
Harvard University.
Airplanes-- Noise.
Airplane Sounds.
Noise control.
Noise pollution.
Sound -- Societies, etc.
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Physicists -- Interviews.
Lang, William W., (William Warner) interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA