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Harry F. Olson

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Dates

December 28, 1901 – April 1, 1982

Authorized Form of Name

Olson, Harry F. (Harry Ferdinand), 1901-1982

Additional Forms of Names

Olson, Harry Ferdinand, 1901-1982

Biography

Abstract

Harry Olson was Vice President of Acoustics and Electromechanical Research at the RCA Research Laboratories of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (1966-1968). His work at RCA led to the development of several types of microphones for broadcasting and recording, high-fidelity loudspeakers, phonograph pickups and recording equipment, underwater sound equipment, and sound motion picture and public address systems. He also contributed to the development of the RCA magnetic tape recorder for television and the RCA music synthesizer.

Important Dates

December 28, 1901Birth, Mount Pleasant (Iowa).

1924Obtained BE in Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1925Obtained MS, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1928Obtained PhD in Acoustics, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1928 – 1930Assistant, RCA Research Laboratories, Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Princeton (N.J.).

1930 – 1932Engineer, Engineering Department, Photophone Division, Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

1932 – 1982Director, Acoustics Research (1932-1942); Director, Acoustics and Electromechanical Laboratory (1942-1966); Vice President, Acoustics and Electromechanical Research (1966-1968); and Consultant (1968-1982), RCA Research Laboratories, Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Princeton (N.J.).

1953 – 1954President, Acoustical Society of America.

1959Member, National Academy of Sciences.

April 1, 1982Death, Princeton (N.J.).

Occupation

Acoustician.

Places

Birth

Mount Pleasant (Iowa)

Undergraduate Education

Iowa City (Iowa)

Graduate Education

Iowa City (Iowa)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Death

Princeton (N.J.)

Subjects

Electrical engineering.

Microphone.

Physics -- Industrial applications.

Sound.

Relationships

People

Family

Olson, Lorene Johnson

Wife. Married in 1935.

Institutions

Major Positions

Radio Corporation of America

Assistant, RCA Research Laboratories; Engineer, Engineering Department, Photophone Division; Director, Acoustics Research, RCA Research Laboratories; Director, Acoustics and Electromechanical Laboratory, RCA Research Laboratories; Vice President, Acoustics and Electromechanical Research, RCA Research Laboratories; and Consultant.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Acoustical Society of America

President.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Iowa. College of Engineering

Obtained BE in Electrical Engineering (1924).

University of Iowa. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained MS (1925) and PhD in Acoustics (1928).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Harry F. Olson collection, 1927-1977.

David Sarnoff Library

David Sarnoff Research Center

201 Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08540-6449, USA

Harry F. Olson papers, 1938-1966.

Main Library. Archives

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242-1420, USA

Subject

Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration [motion picture]

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Dynamical analogies / by Harry F. Olson.

Elements of acoustical engineering.

Music, physics and engineering / [by] Harry F. Olson.

Subject

"Harry F. Olson: 1901-1982", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Harry Olson Physics Today obituary.