ASA Gold Medal

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The ASA Gold Medal is an annual award presented by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) to individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions to acoustics. The Gold Medal was first presented in 1954 and is the highest award of the ASA. Past recipients, which include the Nobel Laureate Georg von Békésy, are listed below.


Year Name Rationale Reference
1954 Wallace Waterfall No rationale given [1]
1955 Floyd A. Firestone No rationale given [1]
1957 Harvey Fletcher No rationale given [1]
1959 Edward C. Wente No rationale given [1]
1961 Georg von Békésy "For his deft proficiency in the experimental art which has laid open the ear and resolved the mysteries of its inner workings"[note 1] [1]
1962 R. Bruce Lindsay "For major contributions to the knowledge of physical acoustics through research and authorship; for teaching and training acousticians; and for sustained service to the Society as an officer and Editor-in-Chief of its publications"[note 1] [1]
1965 Hallowell Davis "For his many contributions to our understanding of the workings of the hearing mechanism; for his versatile concern with bioacoustics, psychoacoustics, audiology, physiology, and otolaryngology; and for his service to the Society"[note 1] [1]
1967 Vern Oliver Knudsen "For his research into the propagation of acoustical waves through the air and the sea; for his contributions to the understanding of the communication of speech and music and his expert application of this knowledge in the field of hearing and architectural acoustics; and for his service to the Society as founder and officer"[note 1] [1]
1969 Frederick Vinton Hunt "For his extensive contributions to the science and technology of acoustics in the fields of architecture, engineering, and signal processing; for his creative leadership in underwater sound and its application to the security of our nation; and for his service to the Society"[note 1] [1]
1971 Warren P. Mason "For his electromechanical filters which are the keystone of carrier-frequency telephony; investigations of piezoelectric crystals, ceramics and the properties of materials"[note 1] [1]
1973 Philip M. Morse "For his preeminent accomplishments in the field of vibration" [1]
1975 Leo Beranek "For leadership in developing, in the United States and abroad, the desire and the capability for achieving good acoustics in communications, workplaces, concert halls, and communities" [1]
1977 Raymond W. B. Stephens "For extensive contributions to the advancement of acoustics in his own and many other countries: as a physics teacher and experimentalist; as an author and editor; as a founder and leader of acoustical societies; and above all as a research supervisor who has taught and inspired a generation of acoustics students and guided them in the attainment of excellence" [1]
1979 Richard Bolt "For outstanding contributions to acoustics through research, teaching, and professional leadership, and for distinguished administrative and advisoryservice to science, engineering, and government" [1]
1981 Harry F. Olson "For his innovative and lasting contributions in acoustic transduction, sound reproduction, electronic music and speech synthesis, and his service to the Society" [1]
1982 Isadore Rudnick "For his ingenious and masterly contributions to acoustical research and teaching, and for his distinguished leadership and service to the Society" [1]
1983 Martin Greenspan "For wide ranging and superlative contributions to experimental and theoretical physical acoustics, including ultrasonically induced cavitation in liquids and sound propagation in solids, liquids, and gases" [1]
1984 Robert T. Beyer "For contributions to acoustics through his teaching, research, and translations and for his dedicated service to the Acoustical Society of America" [1]
1985 Laurence Batchelder "For significant contributions to underwater acoustics, to acoustical standards, and to the Acoustical Society of America as Fellow, officer, and patent reviewer" [1]
1986 James L. Flanagan "For contributions to and leadership in digital speech communications" [1]
1987 Cyril M. Harris "For service to the Society; for improved understanding of absorption of sound in gases; and for contributions to the science and practice of architectural acoustics" [1]
1988 Arthur H. Benade "For pioneering work in the science and art of musical acoustics, emphasizing the interactions among performer, instrument, and listener"[note 2] [1]
1988 Richard K. Cook "For outstanding seminal contributions to diverse areas of acoustics and to standardization" [1]
1989 Lothar W. Cremer "For identifying and solving key problems in acoustics and acoustical engineering and for the impact of his teachings and writings" [1]
1990 Eugen J. Skudrzyk "For his extensive contributions to the advancement of acoustics, particularly structural and underwater acoustics, as a researcher, author and educator"[note 2] [1]
1991 Manfred R. Schroeder "For theoretical and practical contributions to human communication through innovative application of mathematics to speech, hearing, and concert hall acoustics" [1]
1992 Ira Hirsh "For contributions to the understanding of the auditory process" [1]
1993 David T. Blackstock "For contributions to the understanding of finite-amplitude sound propagation and worldwide leadership in nonlinear acoustics" [1]
1994 David M. Green "For contributions to knowledge, theory, and methodology in audition" [1]
1995 Kenneth N. Stevens "For leadership and outstanding contributions to the acoustics of speech production and perception" [1]
1996 Ira Dyer "For contributions to ocean acoustics, structural acoustics, and aeroacoustics, and for dedicated service to the Society" [1]
1997 K. Uno Ingard "For contributions to and teaching of physical acoustics and noise control" [1]
1998 Floyd Dunn "For creative contributions to fundamental knowledge of ultrasonic propagation in, and interactions with, biological media" [1]
1999 Henning E. von Gierke "For contributions to bioacoustics, psychoacoustics, vibrations, and for leadership in national and international acoustical standards" [1]
2000 Murray Strasberg "For contributions to hydroacoustics, acoustic cavitation and turbulence noise, and for dedicated service to the Society" [1]
2001 Herman Medwin "For innovative research in ocean acoustics and leadership and service to the Society" [1]
2002 Robert E. Apfel "For fundamental contributions to physical acoustics and biomedical ultrasound and for innovative leadership in electronic publishing" [1]
2002 Tony F.W. Embleton "For fundamental contributions to understanding outdoor sound propagation and noise control and for leadership in the Society" [1]
2003 Richard H. Lyon "For sustained leadership and extensive contributions in the application of statistical concepts to structural acoustics and noise" [1]
2004 Chester M. McKinney "For pioneering research and leadership in underwater acoustic and high resolution sonar, and for dedicated service to the Society" [1]
2005 Allan D. Pierce "For contributions to physical, environmental, and structural acoustics, acoustics education, and leadership as Editor-in-Chief of the Society" [1]
2006 James Edward Maceo West "For or development of polymer electret transducers, and for leadership in acoustics and the Society" [1]
2007 Katherine Safford Harris "For pioneering research and leadership in speech production and dedicated service to the Society" [1]
2008 Patricia K. Kuhl "For contributions to understanding how children acquire spoken language and for leadership in the Society" [1]
2009 Thomas D. Rossing "For contributions to musical acoustics, leadership in science education, and service to the Society" [1]
2010 Jiri Tichy "For contributions to acoustical intensity measurement, active noise control, education in acoustics, and for service to the Society." [1]
2011 Eric E. Ungar "For contributions over six decades to acoustics, vibration isolation, and noise control and for service to the society" [1]
2012 William Kuperman "For contributions to leadership in underwater acoustics, mentoring generations of acousticians, and for service to the Society" [1]
2013 Lawrence A. Crum "For discovery and invention in physical and biomedical acoustics, and for leadership in acoustics worldwide." [1]
2014 Brian C.J. Moore "For leadership in research on human hearing and its clinical applications" [1][2]
2015 Gerhard M. Sessler "For the development of electret and silicon-based micromachined microphones". [1]
2016 Whitlow W.L. Au "For contributions to understanding underwater biosonar and for service to the Acoustical Society". [1]
2017 William M. Hartmann "For contributions to research and education in psychological acoustics and service to the society". [1]
2018 William A. Yost "For research on binaural hearing, pitch and modulation perception, and for service to the acoustics community". [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Abstracted.
  2. ^ a b Given posthumously.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb Acoustical Society of America Awards, ASA, retrieved and archived 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Brian Moore awarded ASA Gold Medal". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 30 November 2014.