Laurence Batchelder

LAURENCE BATCHELDER was born in Cambridge, MA on 26 October 1906. He received his A.B. and M.S. in physics in 1928 and 1929 from Harvard University, where he was a student of George Washington Pierce and a contemporary of Ted Hunt and John Ide. In 1929 he married Nancy Thayer. Nancy and Larry's only son, David, was stricken with an incurable disease, and lived until his death at 25 with a courage that inspired many.

Robert T. Beyer

ROBERT THOMAS BEYER was born in Harrisburg, PA, on 27 January 1920. His mother died when he was very young; an uncle and an aunt became his foster parents and brought him up. His education was entirely in New York State; it included the receipt of an A.B. in Mathematics (1942) at Hofstra College. Of at least equal importance to our story, at Hofstra Bob met Ellen Fletcher, a chemistry major. They were married on the romantic date 14 February 1944. Now, 40 years later, the Beyers have four children and two grandchildren.

Martin Greenspan

MARTIN (MOE) GREENSPAN was born in New York City on 8 May 1912. After public school in Jersey City he attended the Cooper Union Institute of Technology and received the B.S. degree in 1934. He married Lillian Gunsberg in 1937. They have 2 daughters and a son (Miriam, Ruth, and Robert). He joined the staff of the National Bureau of Standards in the autumn of 1935 and maintained this affiliation to the present day; since retirement in 1974 he has been serving as a consultant.

Isadore Rudnick

In 1948 it was said, "Nobody knows quite as well how much you deserve this honor as do those of us who have been intimately associated with you in the laboratory, who have seen the adventurous sparkle of your eye whenever new ideas were being explored, and who know from direct observation with what professional competence, keenness of mind, and skill of hand you tackle new and difficult tasks." The occasion was the presentation of the Biennial Award of the Acoustical Society of America to Isadore Rudnick, a promising young man who seemed to have an uncanny knack for doing research in acoust

Harry F. Olson

THE HALF-CENTURY roughly spanning the years between 1925 and 1975 was the era of a generation of giants in the field of acoustics. Fourteen of these outstanding persons have already received special recognition in the form of the Gold Medal Award of the Acoustical Society of America. The Society is now proud to bestow his honor on yet another of the pioneers of that era, Dr. Harry F. Olson.

Richard Henry Bolt

THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA is proud to confer its highest honor on Richard H. Bolt, fourteenth recipient of the Gold Medal Award.

The Gold Medal Award was first conferred 25 years ago at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Society. It is appropriate that Dick Bolt should receive the Award in this 50th Anniversary year; like its first recipient, Wallace Waterfall, he has given devoted service to the Society.

Raymond W. S. Stephens

IN AWARDING the Gold Medal to Raymond William Barrow Stephens the Acoustical Society of America confers its highest honour upon a distinguished scientist from overseas whose dedicated service and varied contributions to the field of acoustics have earned for him a special place in his own country and around the world.

Leo Leroy Beranek

During the middle third of this century acoustics, one of the oldest members of the physics family, was rejuvenated by its marriage to the youthful science of electronics. The fruitfulness of that union was enhanced to no small degree by the skill, industry, and pertinacity, as matchmaker, of Leo Leroy Beranek.

Philip M. Morse

THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA is honored to award Philip McCord Morse the 1973 Gold Medal Award. Author, professor, theoretician, administrator and national servant—he is perhaps America's most versatile physicist.

Morse sprang from a heritage of engineering, politics, and newspaper publishing which, with his aptitude in mathematics and his enthusiasm for science during his high school days in Lakewood, Ohio led to his concentration in physics at Case Institute (now Case Western Reserve University), and his eventual success as advisor to the U.S. Government.

Warren P. Mason

THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA has chosen Warren Perry Mason to receive its highest award, the Gold Medal. By this action, the Society not only adds another distinguished scientist to the group of recipients of the Gold Medal, but also adds a highly prized honor to those already conferred on Warren.


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