Beranek in Symphony Hall in Boston in An expert in acoustics, he improved the sound in several concert venues. Beranek, an engineer whose company designed the acoustics for the United Nations and concert halls at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood, then built the direct precursor to the internet under contract to the Defense Department, died on Oct. He was His death was confirmed by his son James. Beranek taught acoustic engineering at Harvard and M.
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Beranek has made impactful contributions to acoustics and engineering as a scientist, author, teacher, and as an innovative leader of academia, scientific organizations, industry, and the arts. From an early age, Beranek took an interest in anything mechanical or electrical, especially radios.
He received the B. Vernon, Iowa, in , the M. In the former he played a major role in improving voice communications and reducing noise in combat aircraft, and in the latter fending off the Kamikaze threat, work for which he was later honored by President Truman. Beranek then left Harvard for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to teach teach communications engineering and run the Acoustics Laboratory.
He received many business demands, and would then leave his position from MIT, to fun a consulting firm with physicist Richard Bolt and architect Robert Newman. BBN , a high-tech company with roots as an acoustical consulting firm that evolved into an important contributor of computer innovations. Known for a keen ability to recognize and engage the best talent for the task at hand, Beranek brought to BBN leaders in acoustics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and underwater sound.
He developed noise standards for jet airplanes during the s that required planes to implement noise-reducing mufflers and alter take-off flight patterns.
He helped set the standards for acceptable noise levels in office buildings, schools, and factories. Beranek also served as acoustical design consultant for concert halls and opera houses around the world, including the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, praised on the front page of the New York Times April 18, as "an acoustical miracle. From to , he was President of the American Academy.
National Medal of Science In he received the IEEE Founders Medal "For leadership as a co-founder of a premier consulting firm that shaped modern acoustical practice and laid the groundwork for the Internet, and for public service.
Leo L. Beranek
Leo Beranek, Acoustics Designer and Internet Pioneer, Dies at 102