Leo L. Beranek, the American scientist who turned acoustics into an international business, has died in a retirement home in Westwood, Mass., at the great age of 102.
Aside from his pioneering work at Bolt, Beranek, Newman, Beranek founded a television station in Boston and made millions when he sold it. He also chaired the trustees of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and gave generously throughout his life.
Despite notable acoustic successes elsewhere – especially the Tanglewood Music Shed – he was heavily criticised in 1962 for the sound of the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center and did not undertake another concert hall for 30 years.
Recent interview here.