Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is presented in the Spring to a member of the Society, without age limitation, for contributions to acoustics. The first Gold Medal was presented in 1954, on the occasion of the Society’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration, and biennially until 1980. It is now an annual award.

  • 1957 – Harvey Fletcher
  • 1961 – Georg von BékésyFor his deft proficiency in the experimental art which has laid open the ear and resolved the mysteries of its inner workings.
  • 1965 – Hallowell DavisFor his many contributions to our understanding of the workings of the hearing mechanism; for his versatile concern with bioacoustics, psychoacoustics, audiology, physiology, and otolaryngology; and for his service to the Society.
  • 1992 – Ira J. HirshFor contributions to the understanding of the auditory process.
  • 1994 – David M. Green For contributions to knowledge, theory, and methodology in audition.
  • 2014 – Brian C. J. Moore – For leadership in research on human hearing and its clinical applications.

Technical Area Awards

The Technical Area Awards related to Psychological and Physiological Acoustics include the the Silver Medal, the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal, and the von Békésy Medal. Each Technical Committee may nominate candidates for the Silver Medal. Two or more Technical Committees may nominate candidates for the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal.

Silver Medal in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

  • 1977 – Lloyd A. Jeffress – For extensive contributions in psychoacoustics, particularly binaural hearing, and for the example he has set as a teacher and scholar.
  • 1981 – Ernest Glen Wever – For establishing the field of cochlear electrophysiology and advancing knowledge of middle and inner ear function.
  • 1987 – Eberhard Zwicker – For prolific contributions to the understanding of fundamental auditory properties and for environmental, technological and clinical applications.
  • 1990 – David M. Green – For outstanding experimental and theoretical contributions to hearing research and its methodology.
  • 1994 – Nathaniel I. Durlach – For pioneering contributions to research concerning binaural hearing, intensity perception, hearing aids, tactile aids, and virtual reality.
  • 2001 – Neal F. Viemeister – For contributions to the undertanding of temporal and intensive aspects of hearing.
  • 2002 – Brian C. J. Moore – For contributions to understanding human auditory perception, especially the perceptual consequences of peripheral frequency analysis in normal and impaired listeners.
  • 2004 – H. Steven Colburn – For contributions to psychological and physiological aspects of binaural hearing.
  • 2006 – William A. Yost – For contributions to understanding pitch perception, sound source localization, and auditory processing of complex sounds.
  • 2015 – Roy Patterson – For contributions to understanding pitch and timbre perception, and for computational modeling of auditory representations.

Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medals

Two or more Technical Committees may nominate candidates whose work overlaps more than one technical area. In 1995 this award was designated the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal.

  • 1991 – W. Dixon Ward – For furthering knowledge of auditory perception in psychological and musical acoustics and increasing the understanding of the etiology of noise-induced hearing loss.
  • 1999 – Jens P. Blauert – For contributions to sound localization, concert hall acoustics, signal processing, and acoustics standards.
  • 2001 – William M. Hartman – For research and education in psychological and physiological acoustics, architectural acoustics, musical acoustics, and signal processing.

Von Békésy Medal

  • 1985 – Jozef J. Zwislocki – For landmark contributions to our knowledge of the hydromechanical, neurophysiological, and perceptual mechanisms of the auditory system.
  • 1995 – Peter Dallos – For contributions to the understanding of cochlear processes.
  • 1998 – Murray B. Sachs – For contributions to understanding the neural representation of complex acoustic stimuli.
  • 2010 – William S. Rhode – For discovering nonlinear basilar-membrane responses and for contributions to cochlear-nucleus functional circuitry.
  • 2012 – M. Charles Liberman – For discoveries regarding coding of sound by the auditory nerve in normal and impaired hearing.

R. Bruce Lindsay Award

The R. Bruce Lindsay Award, formerly called the Biennial Award, is presented in the Spring to a member of the Society who is under 35 years of age on 1 January of the year of the Award and who, during a period of two or more years immediately preceding the award, has been active in the affairs of the Society and has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics, or both. The award was presented biennially until 1986. It is now an annual award and consists of $3000, and a complete set of the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

  • 1950 – J. C. R. Licklider
  • 1966 – David M. Green – In recognition of his many contributions to the body of knowledge of psychological acoustics, stressing the importance of the analytic model in understanding the basic processes of audition; with particular recognition of his major role in demonstrating the relationships between detection theory and auditory perception.
  • 1994 – Robert P. Carlyon – For contributions to knowledge concerning the auditory processing of spectrally and temporally complex sound.
  • 1995 – Beverly A. Wright – For contributions to the understanding of auditory processing of complex sound.
  • 2001 – Andrew J. Oxenham – For contributions to the measurement of peripheral auditory nonlinearity, and to understanding its effects in normal and hearing-impaired listeners.
  • 2014 – Matthew J. Goupell – For contributions to the understanding of binaural processes in acoustic and electrical hearing.

William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience

The William and Christine Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience was established in 2011 through a generous donation by Bill and Chris Hartmann to the Acoustical Society of America to recognize and honor research that links auditory physiology with auditory perception or behavior in humans or other animals. The first prize was awarded at the Spring meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Montreal (2-7 June, 2013).

  • 2013 – Tom C. T. Yin – Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture: “Physiological and behavioral studies of sound localization.”
  • 2014 – Egbert de Boer – Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture: “The role of physics in inner-ear physiology and auditory perception.”
  • 2015 – Laurel H. Carney – Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture: “Relating physiology to perception: The case of the notched-noise masker.”
  • 2016 – Alan R. Palmer – Auditory Neuroscience Prize Lecture: “Bridging the chasm: Animal physiology and human psychophysics.”

All ASA Awards