Vern Oliver Knudsen

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Vern Oliver Knudsen
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Vern Knudsen, UCLA Chancellor (1960)
2nd Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles
In office
Preceded byRaymond B. Allen
Succeeded byFranklin David Murphy
Personal details
Born27 December 1893
Provo, Utah
Died13 May 1974(1974-05-13) (aged 80)
University Chancellor

Vern Oliver Knudsen (December 27, 1893 – May 13, 1974) was an American acoustical physicist.[1]


Knudsen received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU)[2] with an A.B. in 1915.[3] Following his graduation from BYU Knudsen served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1915-1918 in the Northern States Mission, which was headquartered in Chicago.[4] Knudsen then joined the staff of Bell Laboratories where he worked with Harvey Fletcher, who had been one of his professors at BYU.

He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1922. Vern Knudsen's publications include two seminal books, "Architectural Acoustics," published in 1932, and "Acoustical Designing in Architecture" with Cyril M. Harris, 1950.

He co-founded the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and served as its president, 1933–35, and the ASA awarded him the Wallace Clement Sabine Medal in 1958 and the Gold Medal in 1967. He was the recipient of the John H. Potts (Gold) Medal from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in 1964.

In 1934, Vern Knudsen was made Dean of the Graduate Division of the Southern Section of the University of California, a post which he held for 24 years and during which time the UCLA Graduate Division increased from 287 to 5160. He served as Chancellor of UCLA from 1959-1960, where there is a building named in his honor.


  1. ^ Rudnick, Isadore (July 1974). "Vern O. Knudsen". Physics Today. 27 (7): 58. Bibcode:1974PhT....27g..58R. doi:10.1063/1.3128710.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Ernest L., ed., Brigham Young University: The First 100 Years (Provo: BYU Press, 1975) Vol. 4, p. 478
  3. ^ speech from the presentation of Knudsen with the acoustical society of America's gold medal award
  4. ^ UCLA memorium for Knudsen

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