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Institutional History

AbstractPast PresidentsImportant DatesPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as Author

Acoustical Society of America

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Dates

May 10, 1929 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Acoustical Society of America

Additional Forms of Names

A.S.A.

ASA

Institutional History

Abstract

A professional society of physicists and engineers in all fields of acoustics: electroacoustics, ultrasonics, architectural acoustics, physiological and psychological acoustics, musical acoustics, noise, vibration control, underwater acoustics, biological response to vibration, and speech communication. Founded in 1929, its purpose is to increase and diffuse the knowledge of acoustics and promote its practical applications. The Society was a founding Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

Past Presidents

1929-31, Harvey C. Fletcher.

1931-33, Dayton C. Miller.

1933-35, Vern O. Knudsen.

1935-37, Paul E. Sabine.

1937-39, Frederick A. Saunders.

1939-41, Floyd R. Watson.

1941-43, E. C. Wente.

1943-45, Floyd A. Firestone.

1945-47, Hugh S. Knowles.

1947-49, John C. Steinberg.

1949-50, Richard H. Bolt.

1950-51, Philip M. Morse.

1951-52, Frederick V. Hunt.

1952-53, Harry F. Olson.

1953-54, Hallowell Davis.

1954-55, Leo L. Beranek.

1955-56, Warren P. Mason.

1956-57, R. Bruce Lindsay.

1957-58, Richard K. Cook.

1958-59, J. C. R. Licklider.

1959-60, Hale J. Sabine.

1960-61, Robert W. Young.

1961-62, Laurence Batchelder.

1962-63, Robert W. Leonard.

1963-64, C. Paul Boner.

1964-65, Cyril M. Harris.

1965-66, Robert W. Morse.

1966-67, Martin Greenspan.

1967-68, Ira Hirsh.

1968-69, Robert T. Beyer.

1969-70, Isadore Rudnick.

1970-71, Vincent Salmon.

1971-72, John C. Johnson.

1972-73, Karl D. Kryter.

1973-74, Edgar A. G. Shaw.

1974-75, Murray Strasberg.

1975-76, Robert S. Gales.

1976-77, Kenneth N. Stevens.

1977-78, John C. Snowdon.

1978-79, James L. Flanagan.

1979-80, Henning E. von Gierke.

1980-81, Tony F. W. Embleton.

1981-82, David M. Green.

1982-83, David T. Blackstock.

1983-84, Frederick H. Fisher.

1984-85, Daniel W. Martin.

1985-86, Floyd Dunn.

1986-87, Ira Dyer.

1987-88, Chester M. McKinney.

1988-89, W. Dixon Ward.

1989-90, Harvey H. Hubbard.

1990-91, Alan Powell.

1991-92, Eric E. Ungar.

1992-93, Herman Medwin.

1993-94, Richard H. Lyon.

1994-95, Jiri Tichy.

1995-96, Robert E. Apfel.

1996-97, Stanley L. Ehrlich.

1997-98, Lawrence A. Crum.

1998-99, James E. West.

1999-2000, Patricia K. Kuhl.

2000-01, Katherine S. Harris.

2001-02, William M. Hartmann.

2002-03, Richard Stern.

2003-04, Ilene J. Busch-Vishniac.

2004-05, William A. Kuperman.

2005-06, William A. Yost.

2006-07, Anthony A. Atchley.

2007-08, Gilles A. Daigle.

2008-09, Mark F. Hamilton.

2009-10, Whitlow W. L. Au.

2010-11, George V. Frisk.

2011-12, Mardi C. Hastings.

2012-13, David L. Bradley.

2013- , James H. Miller.

Important Dates

December 27, 192840 scientists and engineers interested in acoustics met at Bell Telephone Laboratories to consider forming a scientific society, New York (N.Y.).

1929"The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America" (JASA) first published quarterly.

May 10, 1929 – May 11, 1929Acoustical Society of America (ASA) was formally organized and held its first meeting.

1931Became a founding member of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) when it was formed by the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Society of Rheology (SoR), and the American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1932Appointed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to sponsor a committee to standardize acoustical terminology and measurements.

1942R. Bruce Lindsay Award established and given to a member of the Society who is under 35 years of age and who, during a period of two or more years immediately preceding the award, has been active in the affairs of the Society and has contributed substantially.

1947"The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America" (JASA) began to be published bimonthly.

1954Gold Medal established for an individual whose contributions to the field of acoustics and to the Acoustical Society have been unusually distinguished.

1957Wallace Clement Sabine Award established for an individual of any nationality who has furthered the knowledge of architectural acoustics.

January 1957"The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America" (JASA) began to be published monthly.

1959Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal established for outstanding contribution to the science of underwater acoustics.

1969Trent-Crede Medal established for outstanding contribution to the science of mechanical vibration and shock.

1970A. B. Wood Medal and Prize of the Institute of Acoustics established for distinguished contributions in the application of acoustics, preference being given to candidates whose work is associated with the sea.

1972Distinguished Service Citation established and awarded to a present or former member of the Society in recognition of outstanding service to the Society.

1985von Bekesy Medal established for oustanding contribution to the science of psychological and physiological acoustics.

1990 – 2013Charles E. Schmid, Executive Director.

2005"The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America" (JASA) first published online.

2014 – presentSusan E. Fox, Executive Director.

Places

Meeting

New York (N.Y.)

Headquarters

Melville (N.Y.)

Subjects

Physics -- Societies, etc.

Sound.

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Apfel, Robert E.

President.

Atchley, Anthony Armstrong, 1957-

President.

Au, Whitlow W. L.

President.

Batchelder, L. (Laurence), 1906-

President.

Beranek, Leo L. (Leo Leroy), 1914-2016

President.

Beyer, Robert T. (Robert Thomas), 1920-

President.

Blackstock, David T.

President.

Bolt, Richard H.

President.

Boner, Charles Paul, 1900-1979

President.

Bradley, David L.

President.

Busch-Vishniac, Ilene J.

President.

Cook, Richard K.

President.

Crum, Lawrence A.

President.

Daigle, Gilles A.

President.

Davis, Hallowell, 1896-1992

President.

Dunn, Floyd, 1924-

President.

Dyer, Ira

President.

Ehrlich, Stanley L.

President.

Embleton, Tony F. W.

President.

Firestone, Floyd Alburn, 1898-

President.

Fisher, Frederick Hendrick, 1926-2005

President.

Flanagan, James L. (James Loton), 1925-

President.

Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981

President.

Fox, Susan E.

Executive Director.

Frisk, George V.

President.

Gales, R. S.

President.

Gierke, Henning E. von

President.

Green, David Marvin, 1932-

President.

Greenspan, Martin

President.

Hamilton, Mark F.

President.

Harris, Cyril M., 1917-2011

President.

Harris, Katherine S.

President.

Hartmann, William M.

President.

Hastings, Mardi C.

President.

Hirsh, Ira J.

President.

Hunt, Frederick V.

President.

Johnson, John Charles

President.

Knowles, Hugh S., 1904-1988

President.

Knudsen, Vern Oliver, 1893-1974

President.

Kryter, Karl D.

President.

Kuhl, Patricia K. (Patricia Katherine), 1946-

President.

Kuperman, William A.

President.

Leonard, Robert W. (Robert Walton)

President.

Licklider, J. C. R.

President.

Lindsay, Robert Bruce, 1900-

President.

Lyon, Richard H.

President.

Martin, Daniel William, 1918-

President.

Mason, Warren P. (Warren Perry), 1900-1986

President.

McKinney, Chester M.

President.

Medwin, Herman, 1920-

President.

Miller, Dayton Clarence, 1866-1941

President.

Miller, James Henry, 1957-

President.

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

President.

Morse, Robert Warren

President.

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

President.

Powell, Alan, 1928-

President.

Rudnick, Isadore, 1917-

President.

Sabine, Hale Johnson, 1909-1981

President.

Sabine, Paul Earls, 1879-1958

President.

Salmon, Vincent

President.

Saunders, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1875-1963

President.

Schmid, Charles Ernest

Executive Director.

Shaw, Edgar Albert George

President.

Snowdon, John C.

President.

Steinberg, John Christian

President.

Stern, Richard

President.

Stevens, Kenneth N., 1924-

President.

Strasberg, Murray

President.

Tichy, Jiri

President.

Ungar, Eric E.

President.

Ward, W. Dixon

President.

Watson, Floyd Rowe, 1872-

President.

Wente, Edward Christopher

President.

West, James E., 1931-

President.

Yost, William A.

President.

Young, Robert W., 1908-2002

President.

Associates & Members

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Bhatia, A. B. (Avadh Behari), -1984

Blazier, Warren E., Jr.

Breazeale, Mack A.

Edison, Theodore Miller, 1898-

Ford, Kenneth William, 1926-

Goodfriend, Lewis S.

Goodman, Ralph R.

Green, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1932-

Hutchisson, Elmer, 1902-

Ingard, K. Uno

Koch, Herman William, 1920-

Lang, William W. (William Warner)

Libby, Willard F.

Lubman, David

Miller, Harry B. (Harry Bernard), 1916-1999

Miller, Laymon N.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Raney, William P.

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Shields, F. Douglas (Fletcher Douglas)

Slack, L. (Lewis), 1924-

Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973

Suter, Alice H. (Alice Harriet), 1937-

Tate, John T. (John Torrence), 1889-1950

Von Bekesy, Georg, 1899-1972

Awarded the Gold Medal (1961).

Waterfall, Wallace, 1900-1974

Founding member.

Wright, Wayne M.

Institutions

Collaborators

American Institute of Physics

Founding Member Society.

Associates

American Association of Physics Teachers

American National Standards Institute

Appointed a committee to standardize acoustical terminology and measurements.

American Physical Society

Optical Society of America

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Acoustical Society of America Celebrating our 75th year, 2004.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Acoustical Society of America miscellaneous publications, 1934-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Acoustical Society of America Office of the President records of Edward Christopher Wente, 1929-1946.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

F. V. Hunt memorial session I [sound recording] : engineering and architectural acoustics, 1973 April 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

F. V. Hunt memorial session II [sound recording] : Professor Hunt, educator, 1973 April 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

F. V. Hunt memorial session III [sound recording] : physical acoustics, underwater sound and signal processing, 1973 April 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

History of the Acoustical Society of America [sound recording], 1966 September 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration [motion picture], 1954.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

A. B. Bhatia papers, 1940-1987.

University Archives

University of Alberta

1-19 Rutherford (South), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E2

AIP Office of the Director records of Elmer Hutchisson, 1948-1966, (bulk 1957-1964).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of H. William Koch and Kenneth W. Ford, 1966-1992.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of H. William Koch, 1932-1988 (bulk 1966-1987).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of Henry A. Barton, 1931-1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary addition to records, 1931-2007.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary records, 1931-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Physics Programs Division records of Lewis Slack, 1968-1988.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Institute of Physics press book, 1956-1957.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Floyd Firestone autobiography, circa 1952.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Floyd R. Watson papers, 1900-1976.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Hallowell Davis papers, 1933-1991.

Medical Library. Archives and History of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

660 S. Euclid Avenue, Room 702, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

Harry F. Olson collection, 1927-1977.

David Sarnoff Library

David Sarnoff Research Center

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

L. Batchelder papers, 1929-1970.

Technical Information Center Archives

Raytheon Submarine Signal Division

Portsmouth, RI 02871-1087, USA

Letter to Wallace Waterfall, of the Acoustical Society of America, accepting his invitation to join the Society, 1934.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Alice Suter, 2007 August 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Cyril Harris, 2007 September 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Daniel Martin, 1994 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Lubman, 1998 October 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eric Ungar, 2001 December 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with F. Douglas Shields, 2007 October 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Floyd Dunn, 2009 August 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Vinton Hunt, 1964 December 18 and 1965 January 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harry Miller, 1994 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harvey Fletcher, 1964 May 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harvey H. Hubbard, 2008 February 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ira Hirsh, 1994 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Isadore Rudnick, 1990 July 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with K. Uno Ingard, 2007 July 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Katherine S. Harris, 2001 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Kenneth Stevens, 2001 February 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Laurence Batchelder, 1989 May 1 and November 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leo Beranek, 1989 February 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leo Beranek, 1989 September 30 and October 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leo Beranek, 2009 August 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lewis Goodfriend, 2001 December 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Mack Breazeale, 2007 August 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ralph R. Goodman, 2007 September 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Bruce Lindsay, 1964 May 6 and July 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Green, 2000 August 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert T. Beyer, 1991 November 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert W. Young, 1995 November 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Thomas D. Rossing, 2007 June 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Tony Embleton, 1994 June 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vern Oliver Knudsen, 1964 May 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vern Oliver Knudsen, 1964.

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Oral history interview with Vern Oliver Knudsen, 1966 December 20 to 1969 June 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vern Oliver Knudsen, 1966 December 20 to 1969 June 3. Teacher, researcher, and administrator: transcript, 1966-1969.

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Oral history interview with Wallace Waterfall, 1964 April 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Warren Blazier, 2007 June 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wayne M. Wright, 2009 October 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Willard Frank Libby, 1979 April 12 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William W. Lang, 2004 July 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Philip Morse papers, 1927-1980.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Some anecdotes and recollections about Acoustical Society Presidents whom I have known, 2004 July 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Stanley Smith Stevens papers, 1931-1973.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Teacher, researcher, and administrator : transcript, 1966-1969.

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Published Resources

Author

Acoustical measurements

Acoustics

Acoustics of worship spaces : presented at the 106th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, 7-11 November 1983 / edited by David Lubman, Ewart A. Wetherill.

Acoustics today

Echoes

Electroacoustics : the analysis of transduction, and its historical background

Halls for music performance : two decades of experience, 1962-1982 : presented at the 103rd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, 26-30 April 1982 / edited by Richard H. Talaske, Ewart A. Wetherill, William J. Cavanaugh

High frequency ocean acoustics : High Frequency Ocean Acoustics Conference : La Jolla, California, 1-5 March, 2004 / editors, Michael B. Porter, Martin Siderius, William A. Kuperman ; sponsoring organizations, Office of Naval Research, Acoustical Society of America

Innovations in nonlinear acoustics : ISNA 17, 17th International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics : including the International Sonic Boom Forum, 18-22 July 2005 / editors, Anthony A. Atchley, Victor W. Sparrow, Robert M. Keolian ; sponsoring organizations Graduate program in acoustics, The Pennsylvania State University, The Acoustical Society of America - (ASA), The International Commission for Acoustics-(ICA)

Noise control

Sound [electronic resource] : its uses and control

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America