Backus, John - Correspondence B1270-101

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Correspondence: (42 from 1963-1990) involving mainly Backus and CMH. One piece involving Mrs. Saunders (Margaret T). Latest with Trisha and Robin Lamkie, daughter and son-in-law.


Type of resource mixed material
Date created 1963 - 1990
Language English
Digital origin reformatted digital


Creator Backus, John, 1911-1988

Bibliographic information

Biographical/Historical note A research physicist who trained under E.O. Lawrence at the Berkeley Laboratories and later was on the faculty of the University of Southern California where he did research on gaseous discharges in strong magnetic fields. In addition he organized elementary courses in musical acoustics, thus bringing his special interests in music into the laboratory. He was a fine musician, playing the bassoon, clarinet and other woodwinds, the piano as well as conducting local orchestras. John received the Silver Medal of the ASA in 1986 for "pioneering research on the acoustics of woodwind and brass instruments and for bridging the gap between acousticians and musicians". John was an enthusiastic climber and holds the Sierra Club record for scaling 270 peaks six times. His textbook "Acoustical Foundations of Music" (W.W. Norton, 1969) was the first text in musical acoustics and was used widely.
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Location M1711
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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Musical Acoustics Research Library collection, 1956-2007

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