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Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1884 - 1981

Biographical History

Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981) was a prominent physicist, renowned as the Father of stereophonic sound, credited with inventing the hearing aid and the first audiometer, Director of Research at Bell Laboratories, and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University.

Harvey Fletcher was a prominent physicist, reknowned as the Father of stereophonic sound, credited with inventing the hearing aid and the first audiometer, Director of Research at Bell Laboratories, and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University. He was the graduate student whose dissertation research was the oil drop experiment to measure the charge on an electron, under the direction of Robert Millikan. His honorary positions included President of the Acoustical Society of America and President of the American Physical Society. In addition, he was a faithful father, a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a dedicated gardener, and a fishing enthusiast.

He was born in Provo, Utah, on September 11, 1884. His first wife (Lorena Chipman) was American Mother of the Year in 1965. She passed away in 1967. Harvey and Lorena had 7 children (Phyllis, Steve, Charles, James, Robert, Harvey Junior, and Paul).

In his later years, Harvey married Lorena's sister, Fern Chipman Eyring. Fern's husband (Carl Eyring) passed away as a young scientist, and Harvey and Fern were married for 12 years until Harvey's death in 1981.

Citation:
In Memory of Harvey Fletcher, website viewed Aug. 27, 2010 (b. 1884; prominent physicist; father of stereo sound; invented hearing aid; invented audiometer; worked at Bell Labs; President of the Acoustical Society of America; President of the American Physical Society; Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Brigham Young University; participated in oil drop experiment; m. Lorena Chipman and had 7 children (Phyllis, Steve, Charles, James, Robert, Harvey Junior, and Paul); m. Fern Chipman Eyring; d. 1981)

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Addresses in honor of Harvey Fletcher

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 129
Scope and Contents

Contains eight typewritten, edited and final drafts of speeches about Fletcher written and given by William L. Woolf and George H. Hansen, a memorandum concerning a speech from Ernest L. Wilkinson to George H. Hansen, a record of Fletcher's professional experience, and biographical information submitted to Who's Who in America.

Dates: approximately 1951-1971

Carl F. Eyring class notes

 File — Volume: 1
Identifier: UA 11
Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten class notes on mechanics and wave motion, taught by Harvey Fletcher Sr.

Dates: 1912-1913

Harvey Fletcher correspondence relating to the naming of the Eyring Science Center

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 504
Scope and Contents

Includes guest lists, invitiations, program, and correspondence concerning the naming of the Science Center, lecture halls, and laboratories. Also includes correspondence from the family organizations representing Frederick Buss, Franklin West, Carl Eyring, John Widtsoe, Orson Pratt, Wayne B. Hales, and Charles E. Maw.

Dates: 1954

Harvey Fletcher family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5540
Scope and Contents

Contains materials gathered by Maureen Meyer Fletcher for her masters thesis in film, which featured Harvey Fletcher, Sr. Materials include film reels, VHS tapes, audiocassettes, betacams, and other biographical information of Harvey Fletcher Sr. such as publications, photos, letters, and awards. The collection also includes materials from other Fletcher family members. Dated approximately 1884-1982.

Dates: approximately 1884-1982

Harvey Fletcher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1233
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and publications while at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1916 to 1950 and correspondence connected with national societies relating to the physical sciences and acoustics from 1910 to 1954.

Dates: 1910-1954

Harvey Fletcher films, approximately 1884-1982

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5540 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Materials include film reels concerning Harvey Fletcher, Sr. Recorded on these films are interviews of Fletcher's contemporaries and his family; some films also include home videos of the Fletchers. Dated approximately 1884-1981.

Dates: approximately 1884-1982

Harvey Fletcher papers, approximately 1884-1981

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5540 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Materials include the papers of Harvey Fletcher Sr., which include publications, oral interviews, research notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, and letters. Dated approximately 1884-1981.

Dates: approximately 1884-1981

Lorena Fletcher newspaper clippings, 1965

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5540 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include the newspaper clippings of Lorena Fletcher when she received the National Mother of the Year award in 1965. Dated 1965.

Dates: 1965

Oral history interview with Armin J. Hill

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 77
Scope and Contents

Interview by Mardin Clark with Armin Hill discussing his responsibilities and administrative activities relating to Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1982 May 25