Harvey Fletcher
Harvey Fletcher

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Name: Harvey Fletcher
Occupation: Physiologist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: September 11, 1884
Death Date: Jul 23, 1981 (age 96)
Age: Aged 96
Birth Place: Provo, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Harvey Fletcher

Harvey Fletcher was born on September 11, 1884 in Provo, United States (96 years old). Harvey Fletcher is a Physiologist, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Harvey Fletchernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

'Father of stereophonic sound' who became a leading authority on how humans hear, and how sound devices should be made. He was President of the American Physical Society and was only the second ever honorary fellow of Acoustical Society of America, after Thomas Edison.


His findings on human speech, hearing and music, which revolutionized the transmission and playing of sound, were summed up in his influential 1922 text Speech and Hearing.

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As per our current Database, Harvey Fletcher died on Jul 23, 1981 (age 96).

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Before Fame

After completing his studies at the University of Chicago, he joined the Western Electric Company, working at the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Biography Timeline


Fletcher was born in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1904. He enrolled at Brigham Young University (BYU), graduating in 1907 with a bachelor's degree. He married Lorena Chipman. They were the parents of seven children. Harvey Fletcher was the father of James C. Fletcher, former president of the University of Utah and NASA Administrator and of Harvey J. Fletcher, a BYU math professor.


In 1911, Fletcher was the first physics student to earn a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the University of Chicago. His dissertation research was on methods to determine the charge of an electron. This included the oil drop experiment commonly attributed to his advisor and collaborator, Robert Andrews Millikan. Millikan took sole credit, in return for Fletcher claiming full authorship on a related result for his dissertation. Fletcher's contributions were detail-oriented but still contributed to the successful experiment, in which he incorporated, among other things, experience with projection lanterns. Millikan went on to win the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physics, in part for this work, and Fletcher kept the agreement a secret until his death.


Fletcher was elected an honorary fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 1949, the second person to receive this honor after Thomas Edison, 20 years earlier. He was president of the American Society for Hard of Hearing, an honorary member of the American Otological Society and an honorary member of the Audio Engineering Society. In 1924 he was awarded the Louis E. Levy Medal by the Franklin Institute for physical measurements of audition. He was president of the American Physical Society. He was the first president of Acoustical Society of America (1929–31). In 1937 he was elected vice-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also a member of the National Hearing Division Committee of Medical Sciences. He was given the Progress Medal Award by the American Academy of Motion Pictures, in Hollywood. For eight years he acted as National Councilor for the Ohio State University Research Foundation.


After completing his doctorate, he returned to BYU, where he became the head of the physics department. He served in this capacity from 1911 until 1916. Fletcher left BYU to work at Western Electric, establishing himself as a researcher. He joined the Bell Telephone Laboratories' Engineering Staff Research Department where he found great interest in the physics of sound (acoustical science). He worked there from 1933 to 1949, when he became a professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University from 1949 to 1952. He returned to BYU in 1952 to be the Director of Research. He served in that role as well as being the first dean of the new College of Physics and Engineering Sciences until 1958.


Much of his research is considered to be authoritative, and his books, Speech and Hearing and Speech and Hearing in Communication, are notable treatises on the subject. A video of Fletcher was made in 1963.


In 2010, Fletcher was honored by BYU as the founding dean of its College of Engineering (now the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology).


On April 23, 2016, Fletcher was awarded a posthumous technical Grammy Award for his research and inventions related to stereophonic sound.

Family Life

Harvey was born in Provo, Utah, the son of pioneer Mormon parents.

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