Miller, Harry B.,
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, Maryland 20740-3843
Interview was conducted on June 9, 1994 by Daniel M. Martin. Forms part of the Acoustical Society of America Oral History Project. Harry Bernard Miller, an amateur violinist and a chemistry major at Harvard, became a graduate student in physics and engineering upon becoming acquainted with physics professor Frederick Saunders, who was doing acoustical research on violins. After many conferences and consultations with Professor Ted Hunt, and graduate courses in electrical engineering and physics, Harry Miller was employed by Brush Development Company and did early research and development on magnetic recording. During World War II, while working on Navy hydrophones at Brush, Miller took additional graduate physics courses at Case Intitute of Technology to complete his Master's Degree in physics. He became manager of electroacoustics at Brush, and later at the Stromberg Carlson division of General Dynamics Corporation. At Brush, he made two inventions which are widely used by the Navy. Then in 1968, Miller went to the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory where he continued to do research in underwater loudspeakers and arrays. He has authored the widely used "Handbook of Piezoelectric Transducers" for the Navy, and a book entitled "Acoustical Measurements: Methods and Instrumentation" in the Benchmark series edited by Dr. Bruce Lindsay. Miller is still active in the Engineering Acoustics Division of the Acoustical Society and is admired by his peers for his contriubtions and continuing participation.