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Meeting Recap - April 18, 2012

AES Chicago Section Meeting Notice

TOPIC / PRESENTER: A DVD viewing of a 2011 interview with Leo Beranek

DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TIME: 7:30pm; dinner (optional) at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Shure Incorporated, 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: A DVD viewing of the 2011 interview with Leo Beranek as part of the NAMM Oral History Program

Directly from Wikipedia:

Leo Leroy Beranek (born September 15, 1914) is an American acoustics expert, former MIT professor and a founder and former president of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies).

A student of piano at an early age, Beranek, growing up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, went on to study at Cornell College while working as a radio and small appliance repairman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to study at Harvard University, where he received a doctorate in 1940. During World War II, he managed Harvard's electro-acoustics laboratory, which designed communications and noise reduction systems for World War II aircraft, while at the same time developing other military technologies. During this time, he built the first anechoic chamber, an extremely quiet room for studying noise effects which later would inspire John Cage's philosophy of silence. Beranek remained on staff at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as professor of communications engineering from 1947 to 1958. In 1948, he helped found Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN), serving as the company's president from 1952 to 1971.

His 1954 (reprinted in 1986) book, Acoustics, is considered the classic textbook in this field. His seminal 1962 book, Music Acoustics and Architecture, developed from his analysis of 55 concert halls throughout the world, became a classic; the 2004 edition of the text expanded the study to 100 halls. Beranek has participated in the design of numerous concert halls and opera houses. From 1983 to 1986 he was Chairman of the Board of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (where he remains a Life Trustee). He also serves on the Council for the Arts at MIT.