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Salford Professor joins Ray Dolby in winning prestigious award

Apr 04, 2019

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What do Ray Dolby OBE, founder of Dolby Laboratories, and Jamie Angus-Whiteoak, a Professor of Audio Technology at the University, have in common? They are both winners of the prestigious Audio Engineering Society's (AES) Silver Medal Award!

A huge congratulations to the University’s Professor Jamie Angus-Whiteoak, who was presented with the AES Silver Medal Award for a ‘lifetime of important contributions to audio engineering and instruction, and for outstanding achievement in the field of audio engineering’ at their 146th convention, in Dublin, 20-23 March. Previous winners of this esteemed award include Ray Dolby (inventor of the noise reduction system Dolby NR), Bob Moog (inventor of the first commercial synthesizer), and Kees Immink (inventor of the CD).

Jamie has made significant contributions to audio engineering throughout her career, including research work on diffusers and signal processing, which contributed to acoustic’s high impact rating in the last Research Excellence Framework.

She is also responsible for inventing one of the first four-channel digital tape recorders, which was used by musician Wendy Carlos, and for starting the UK's first music technology course in 1986. In addition to this, she has co-written two textbooks and has authored and co-authored over 200 journal and conference papers and four patents.

Jamie said: “My interest in audio was crystallized at age 11, when I visited the WOR Radio studios on a school trip to New York in 1967. After this, I was hooked and spent much of my free time studying audio, radio, synthesizers, and loudspeakers, even managing to build some!”

Since then, she has been active in audio and acoustic research, and has taught audio and video signal processing, psychoacoustics, sound reproduction, studio design, audio and video coding, and loudspeaker and microphone design at the University.

Her AES Silver Medal is not the only award she has received either, as she has also won the IOA Peter Barnet Memorial prize and an AES Fellowship, for her contributions to audio and acoustics.

 Jamie said: “I feel stunned and very honoured to have won the same award as people who are responsible for major leaps forward in audio technology. It is an amazing privilege.”

This is fantastic news for the Acoustics, Audio and Video Department here at the University, whose Anechoic Chamber boasts being one of the quietest rooms in the world.