Centennial Celebration for Leo Beranek

Thank you all for a successful event honoring our friend and colleague, Leo Beranek! We have heard nothing but kind words regarding the concert and reception. We worked very hard with our collaborators at the BSO to get everything organized, and we are happy to know everyone had a good time! We want to extend a special thank you to our sponsors: Acoustical Society of America, Acentech, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, and all of our anonymous donors. We could not have done this without our sponsors and all the wonderful guests and supporters of Leo – thank you! Please check back in a few weeks for photos from the celebration.

Leo L. Beranek

Dr. Beranek received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College (Iowa) in 1936 and his Doctor of Science from Harvard University in 1940. During World War II he headed the Electro-Acoustic Laboratory at Harvard. He served as Associate Professor of Communications Engineering at MIT from 1947 to 1958 and Technical Director of its Acoustics Laboratory. From 1952 to 1971 he was President of Bolt Beranek and Newman, one of the world’s largest acoustical consulting firms.

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Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1952)
  • Gold Medal of the Audio Engineering Society (1971)
  • Gold Medal from the Acoustical Society of America (1975) for leadership in developing, in the United States and abroad, the desire and capability for achieving good acoustics in communications, work places, concert halls, and communities
  • National Medal of Science in Engineering (2002)
  • IEEE Founders Medal (2013)