Brief Historical Highlights of Underwater Acoustics and the Defense Research Laboratory and Applied Research Laboratories of the University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, September 1, 2016
4:00 p.m. in ETC 5.132

Dr. Thomas G. Muir
Applied Research Laboratories
The University of Texas at Austin

Man’s involvement with sound in the ocean has been motivated by intellectual curiosity as well as by necessity, in response to threats. These have included navigational hazards, catastrophes, and world events including shipwrecks and many problem areas associated with naval warfare. In this short talk, the general historical timeline as well as a few illustrative examples will addressed, through the end of WWII. The subsequent founding and early days of the Defense Research Laboratory, now Applied Research Laboratories, will then be summarized through 1980. Examples will be given of early underwater acoustics research and development at this organization, which is closely allied with the academic program in acoustics at UT Austin.