145th AES CONVENTION Historical Event H04: Found! Lab Notes of Shure's Ben Bauer

AES New York 2018
Historical Event H04

Thursday, October 18, 3:45 pm — 4:15 pm (1E11)


H04 - Found! Lab Notes of Shure’s Ben Bauer

Michael Pettersen, Shure Inc. - Niles, IL, USA

Benjamin B. Bauer (1913-1979) held over 100 patents for acoustical/audio technology, with his first patent, at age 25, being arguably the most significant: invention of the Uniphase principle integral to the Shure Unidyne model 55 microphone. Introduced in 1939 and still manufactured today, the Shure Unidyne was the first unidirectional microphone using a single dynamic element. Today, the Uniphase principle is employed in the vast majority of directional microphones.
In September 2016, Bauer’s engineering lab notebooks dating from 1936 to 1944 were located; they had not been seen for over 50 years. The presentation provides a peek into these Bauer notebooks as he discovers and refines the Uniphase principle, as well as numerous other electro-acoustical concepts – some decades ahead of their time.

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