Wesley L. Nyborg

Wesley L. Nyborg
Ruthven, IA, USA
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Associated organizations
University of Vermont, Brown University, Pennsylvania State University
Fields of study


Wesley Nyborg was born on May 15th, 1917 in Ruthven, Iowa. He received his B.A. in physics and mathematics from Luther College in 1941. Attending graduate school at Pennsylvania State University, Nyborg earned a M.S. in 1944 and Ph.D. in 1947 for his dissertation "High Frequency Whistles: Edge Tones and Resonance". His career focused on physical acoustics of ultrasound in liquids, emulsions and soft solids, focusing on risk and safety of ultrasounds. After receiving his Ph.D., Nyborg continued to teach at Penn State from 1947 to 1950, when he moved to Brown University, where he taught until 1960. From 1960 to 1986 he taught at the University of Vermont where he retired as professor emeritus.

Nyborg received an appointment at UVM as a 1984 University Scholar in the physical sciences, the 1985 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Joseph H. Homes Pioneer Award, the 1990 Acoustical Society of America award, the W. J. Fry Memorial Lecturer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the 2001 Lauriston S. Taylor lecture ward from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). He was a Fellow of the ASA, AIUM, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a Life Member of the IEEE. In 1996 Nyborg was elected and inducted into the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering.

References and Further Reading

Wesley L. Nyborg, 1917-2011, by Harold M. Frost III, Memorial Tributes Volume 16 (2012), National Academy of Engineering