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Roger Thomas Richards

Roger Thomas Richards, acoustical scientist. Achievements include research in acoustic propagation and scattering, sonar transducer and array design.


  • Richards, Roger Thomas was born on June 19, 1942 in Akron, Ohio, United States. Son of Clyde Irvin and Thelma Josephine (Whitaker) Richards.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Physics, Westminster College, New Wilmington. Master of Science in Physics, Ohio University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, 1980.


    • Graduate assistant in physics Ohio University, 1965—1967, research assistant in acoustics, 1967—1968. Associate engineer transducer laboratory General Dynamics/Electronics Company, Rochester, New York, 1968—1969, engineer acoustics department, 1969—1971. National Aeronautics and Space Administration trainee Pennsylvania State University, 1971—1974, graduate assistant in acoustics, 1974—1980.

      Staff associate Applied Research Laboratory, State College, Pennsylvania, 1976—1980. Technical staff marine system division Rockwell International, Groton, Connecticut, 1980—1984. Senior scientist Bolt Beranch & Newman, New London, 1984—1987.

      Physicist Navigation Underwater System Center, since 1987.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research in acoustic propagation and scattering, sonar transducer and array design.


    • Contributing editor: Othello Quarterly, 1979-1984. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Fellow: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association (alumni council and executive board 1973-1974), New York Academy of Sciences, United States Othello Association (Midwestern Othello champion 1979, corporation director 1979-1984), American Contract Bridge League (president local club 1970-1971), American Go Association, American Cryptographic Association, Acoustical Society of America, National Speleological Society (life. Vice chairman Nittany Grotto 1975-1976), United States Chess Federation (captain Pennsylvania State University team 1973, tournament director), Sigma Pi Sigma (national delegate 1967), Kappa Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Mary Ellen Harris-Warren, August 9, 1986.
    • father: Clyde Irvin Richards
    • mother: Thelma Josephine (Whitaker) Richards
    • spouse: Mary Ellen Harris-Warren
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    Born June 19, 1942
    (age 75)