Cyril M. Harris


Cyril M. Harris
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Cyril M. Harris was born in 1917 and is well-known for his work in acoustics in many concert halls, theaters, and auditoriums in the U.S. such as the Metropolitan Opera and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. He died at 93 in 2011.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1938 and a master's degree in physics in 1940. He then received a doctorate in physics in 1945 from MIT and began consulting work in acoustics engineering. He developed a talking typewriter and wrote papers on room acoustics and acoustical design in architecture which researching for Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J.

Harris began teaching at Columbia University in 1952 as a professor of electrical engineering, and from 1974-1984 he was the chairman of the division of architectural technology in the graduate school of architecture and planning. He worked as an acoustic contractor and designed over 100 halls throughout his career.

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