Lawrence R. Rabiner

Lawrence Richard Rabiner was born 28 September 1943, in Brooklyn, New York. His secondary schooling was completed at George W. Wingate High School in 1960. His senior-year honors included: the New York State Regents Scholarship, the New York State Science Scholarship, and National Merit Semi-Finalist. A not unnatural progression, therefore, was into the cooperative curriculum of MIT's Electrical Engineering Department (Course VI-A). It was during the last year of his combined Bachelor's/Master's program that I can begin a first-hand account of his accomplishments and growth.

Robert David Finch

Robert David Finch was born at Westcliffon-on-Sea on 18 August 1938. He obtained a baccalaureate degree at Imperial College, London, in 1959 (BSc in Physics). He went on to graduate work at Chelsea College, London, where he obtained a MSc in Physics in 1960, and Imperial College, London, where he was granted a PhD in Physics in 1963. His interests in acoustics started early in his career; his Master's work was entitled "Behavior of Particles in Sound Fields" and his PhD dissertation, done under Professor R. W. B.

Logan E. Hargrove

Logan E. Hargrove, born in Spiro, Oklahoma, has impacted strongly on at least two other states—Michigan and New Jersey. He received BS and MS degrees in Physics from Oklahoma State University in 1956 and 1957, respectively, and the PhD in Physics from Michigan State University in 1961. He joined Warren Mason and his co-workers at Bell Telephone Laboratories in September 1962. In 1964, he married Sandra Hamilton.

Dr. Hargrove is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a member of the Optical Society of America.

Manfred R. Schroeder

MANFRED R. SCHROEDER'S scientific accomplishments have influenced many areas of acoustics as evidenced by his more than 150 publications, 45 U.S. patents, and several published books, including, in 1991, his comprehensive Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws: Minutes From an Infinite Paradise (Freeman).

Manfred invented the voice-excited vocoder (VEV), the first vocoder that eschewed the customary electronic accent of synthetic speech.

Eugen J. Skudrzyk

Eugen (Gene) Skudrzyk was born in Smaim, Moravia (currently part of Czechoslovakia) on 12 May 1913. He majored in electrical engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and completed his undergraduate studies in 1934. From 1934–1938 he did graduate work at The University of Berlin, where he majored in physics and mathematics. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1939 for his studies on "The National Frequencies of Rooms with Irregular Walls and Diffuse Sound Reflection" under the supervision of Professor Erwin Meyer.

Lothar W. Cremer

LOTHAR CREMER can look back on many scientific accomplishments that have earned him the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America. But it is his dedication to instruction, the passing on of his knowledge, that has earned him more than this honor—our deepest respect.

Richard K. Cook

RICHARD K. (RK) COOK was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 30 June 1910. After attending local public schools in Chicago, he went on to obtain his B.S. in 1931, his M.S. in 1932, and his Ph.D in 1935, all in the field of Physics. These degrees were all earned from the University of Illinois. He was married to Dorothy Sweet in 1938 until her death in 1984. He has one son, Michael.

Arthur H. Benade

For nearly 30 yeas (1925–1987) has been one of the recognized leaders in the development of the acoustics of musical instruments. Born in Chicago when his father was a sabbatical visitor in A. H. Compton's laboratory. Art's first 16 years were spent in Lahore (British India, now Pakistan), where his father was a professor at Forman Christian College. It has been said that, as a young man, Art would beat, blow, or bow any object that could be persuaded to make a musical sound.

Cyril M. Harris

It is my pleasure to write this encomium for Cyril Harris on the occasion of the award of the highest honor our Society can grant—the Gold Medal. I've known Cyril since 1937 when we were undergraduates and then graduate students at UCLA sitting in on Vern Knudsen's courses in acoustics. These were exciting times. UCLA was quite young. It was only 9 years since the campus in Westwood had been established. Leo Delsasso taught the acoustics laboratory courses. Norman Watson had a research hearing laboratory. Dick Bolt and Bob Leonard arrived from Berkeley.

James L. Flanagan

JAMES L. FLANAGAN was born on 26 August 1925 in Greenwood, Mississippi. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1948 and the M.S. and Sc.D degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950 and 1955. His career has included the U.S. Army (1944–1946), Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Mississippi State University (1950–1952), and Electronic Scientist at the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (1955–1957).

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