A History of the Acoustics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory: The First Eight Decades 1923 - 2008
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The Naval Research Laboratory NRL on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is the United States Navy s Corporate Laboratory for research and development of technologies related to national defense. The opening of NRL in 1923 and its rise to prominence as one of the nation s leading defense establishments is well documented see Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of this volume. As one of the two founding NRL research divisions, the Sound Division renamed the Acoustics Division around 1968 has a long, rich, and diverse history of technical achievement. It has conducted research operations continuously from 1923 to the present day. This volume recounts some of the key milestones and achievements of the NRL Acoustics Division over these first eight decades from 1923 to about 2008. Among the motivations for developing this volume was the realization that a coherent history of the Division had not yet been prepared. Several partial histories of the early years of the Division were written many years ago, and much rich and possibly fragile documentation resides in NRL s files and archives. The time appeared right to review the existing documentation and prepare this history. This volume brings together a wealth of material, including scientist biographies, technology descriptions, personal narratives, oral histories, photographs, and extensive lists of publications documenting the acoustics research conducted at the Laboratory.
- Humanities and History
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies