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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.


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.


Fellow National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Member Acoustical Society American, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Speleological Society (life, vice chairman Nittany Grotto 1975-1976), American Cryptographic Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States Chess Federation (captain Pennsylvania State University team 1973, certified tournament director, life), American Go Association, American Contract Bridge League (president local club 1970-1971), United States Othello Association (corporation director 1979-1984, Midwestern Othello champion 1979), New York Academy Sciences, Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association (alumni council and Executive Board 1973-1974), Sigma Xi, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Sigma Pi Sigma (nat. delegate 1967). Contributing editor Othello Quarterly, 1979-1984, editorial staff The Cryptogram, 1984^.


Married Mary Ellen Harris-Warren, August 9, 1986.