The History of the ISVR: Timeline

By Maureen Mew

With additional contributions from past and present staff and students

The ISVR Timeline begins at least a decade before the official establishment of the Institute, as Prof Richards lays the foundations.

The yearly periods between 1963 and 1995 run from July to June, to match the periods covered by the ISVR Annual Reports.

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Date Events People


Prof E J Richards is appointed Professor of Aeronautics.
He is determined to start an Aeronautics Department which carries out research as well as teaching because he foresees that noise is going to be a major problem. Elfyn attracts and appoints Alan Powell to work on noise.

Prof Richards abandons the University of London BSc syllabus for Aeronautical Engineering, and replaces it with one of his own devising, based on his experience in industry.



Denys Mead, then at de Havilland, contacts Prof Richards. Prof Richards advertises a position which is tailor-made for Denys.

Alan Powell begins his PhD in January.


University College, Southampton, receives its Royal Charter and becomes the University of Southampton.

Denys Mead joins the Aeronautics Department.



Alan Powell completes his PhD in January.






The first short course on noise and vibration. Lecturers are Elfyn Richards, Denys Mead, Derwent Mercer (Physics) and Ken McLaughlin (Mech. Eng.). Brian Clarkson (also working at De Havilland) attends course. Brian asks if there might be an opportunity to spend some time at Southampton to do some research on vibration. Elfyn gets funding from Shell/BP for a scholarship for Brian.



The second short course. Geoff Lilley is one of the delegates.

Peter Davies joins Aeronautics Department.


A delegation from the US Air Force visits from the University of Minnesota who are carrying out research in noise (at the time the Saturn rockets were breaking up on the ground because of the noise). The delegation awarded a very generous sum to the Aeronautics Department for several research students over a considerable period.



Elfyn Richards, Denys Mead, Brian Clarkson and Tom Williams (Metallurgy) are invited to a conference in Minneapolis and to visit NASA, research establishments and aircraft companies. Audio clip: Elfyn, the four-star General. The UK team ends up at UCLA with Alan Powell. The trip is a wonderful experience. Elfyn arranges trips to Denver and Las Vegas where he excels on the gambling machines and shares his winnings with the team!



Prof E J Richards submits a proposal to the Engineering Faculty Board outlining the need for an Institute of Noise Research.

April 1960: Prof Richards is a member of the Committee on the Problem of Noise, chaired by Sir Alan Wilson. 


May 1961: University Senate approves recommendation for a ‘Noise and Vibration Research Unit’ be set up in association with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

A new MSc programme in Noise and Vibration Studies is inaugurated in the Dept of Aeronautics. Courses include EJ Richards on acoustics; Jeff Jones and Mick Judd, dynamics and vibration; Denys Mead, damping/sound transmission; Newby Curle, random processes/turbulence/aerodynamic noise; Brian Clarkson, random vibration. RWB Stephens of Imperial College London is external examiner.

Nov 1961: University Senate approves that an Advisory Committee on Vibration and Noise Studies be set up as a sub-committee of the Board of the Faculty of Engineering under Professor E.J. Richards as Chairman, pending the setting up of an Institute of Vibration and Noise Studies

Following the visit to America, there is a request for the short course to be given in the USA and for the notes to be produced as a book. The result, Noise and Acoustic Fatigue in Aeroacoustics, (eds. E.J. Richards and D.J. Mead) is published in 1968. It was as difficult then as it is now to get material out of lecturers.

Newby Curle joins the Department of Aeronautics from NPL Teddington’s Aerodynamics Division.


Prof E J Richards submits a detailed report on the proposal for an ‘Institute of Noise and Vibration Research’.

Phil Doak joins the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Mathematics.


A request is made to the Department for Scientific and Industrial Research for a block grant of £142,000 including a substantial sum for acoustic facilities.

Oct 63: Formal establishment of the ISVR:
Announcement leaflet
Aims and functions of the ISVR

MSc in Vibration and Noise Studies initiated. (Initially confined to studies of aeronautical noise and allied subjects such as underwater noise, noise of fans and pumps).  The annual fee for the course was £75!

United States Air Force interestingly contributes nearly as much as Ministry of Aviation to research funds (approx. £14,000 v £16,000).

Research areas include structural vibration and noise; noise and vibration from engines and machinery; subjective experiments. Research into sonic boom is initiated. Subjective acoustics and audiology are supported by the Royal Naval Medical School and the Wessex Regional Hospital.

Sketch plans are drawn for the new (Rayleigh) building.

Seven short courses are run.

Journal of Sound and Vibration commences publication with Phil Doak as Editor in Chief. 

New MSc course in Advanced Acoustics

Original team at Establishment

Director: Elfyn Richards.
Secretary: Grace Hyde.
Academics: Newby Curle, Peter Davies*, Phil Doak (Hawker Siddeley Reader in Noise Research), Brian Clarkson*, Graham Gladwell* (*transferred from Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Research Fellows: Max Bull, Mike Fisher, John Willis.
Research Associates: Denys Mead and Jeff Jones in Aeronautics Department
Researchers include: John Wilby, Ian Sharland, Martin Lowson, Frank Fahy.

Two new academics appointed: Theo Priede and Peter Tanner.
New research fellows: Chris Morfey, Mike Goodyer, Maurice Petyt, Tony Pretlove, Ian Sharland, Chris Rice, Mike Shelton and Prof. Emeritus Eric Zepler. Research students include: Vic Mason, Chas Stammers, Emma Wilby, Norman Ko. Newby Curle transfers to Maths Department.

Publication of the groundbreaking, influential and comprehensive Noise: Final Report,  otherwise known as the Wilson Report, by the Committee on the Problem of Noise, of which Prof Richards was a member.


Undergraduate course in Engineering Science initiated.

New MSc course in Environmental and Human Factors in Engineering proposed to start in October 1965.

In July 1965 a course on Engineering applications of advanced techniques of random process analysis is run by Bendat and Piersol from the USA.

Phil Doak established research group structure as follows:

  • Fundamental Acoustics and Aerodynamics (Chris Morfey)
  • Structures and Vibrations (Brian Clarkson)
  • Audiology (Chris Rice)
  • Industrial Noise and Instrumentation (Ian Sharland)
  • The Automotive Group is subsequently formed.

Space allocated at Chilworth for work on diesel engines.


Bill Wylie appointed as Administrative Officer.

Surgeon Commander Ross Coles from the Royal Navy Medical School, Alversoke (now the Institute of Naval Medicine) appointed Senior Clinical Research Fellow. -see Early days in ISVR Audiology by Dr Ross Coles.

New Research Fellows: Bob Crawford, Terry Base, John Dunmore, Derek Goodwin. New admin/tech staff: Jackie Ronalds (Halliday), Henry Eales, Roger Pacifico.

Chris Morfey appointed as the Hawker Siddeley Lecturer in Noise Research, and Ian Sharland as Lecturer in Industrial Acoustics.

Dean Blackman and John Willis awarded PhD.

Malcolm Crocker awarded MSc in Vibration and Noise Studies.


Copy of plans for new building published in the Annual Report.

New MSc course in Environmental and Human Factors in Engineering.

Three year contract awarded by NASA for a theoretical and experimental investigation into helicopter noise (Elfyn Richards and John Leverton).

Automotive work includes collaboration with Ricardo, Ford, CAV.

Automotive work also includes research sponsored by the Ministry of Defence FVRDE (Fighting Vehicle Research & Development Establishment).

The support from the FVRDE research contract helps with the building of three engine test cells at the Chilworth Laboratories site.

Roger Thornton, later to become the Director of the Southampton Section of the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, joins the ISVR as a PhD student under Eric Zepler. - Early audiological research in the ISVR by Professor Roger Thornton

Frank Fahy, Chris Rice and Mike Shelton appointed to Lectureships with effect from August 1966.

Research Fellow: Dr. Noel Morgan, FRCS.

Dave Anderton is appointed as a Research Fellow, working for the FVRDE (Fighting Vehicle Research & Development Establishment) on Tank Engine noise in September 1965.

Other fellows include: W. Ian Acton, Bob Adams, Eric Grover, Brian Mugridge, John Robinson.

Research students include. Tom Melling, Khalid Ahmed, Jeff Charles, Mike Forrest, Nick Lalor, Andy Middleton, Neil Popplewell, Tony Craggs, Richard Davies, George Dodd, Caroline Seavy, Colin Shurmer, Jaak Soovere, Swamy Laxminarayan, Roger Thornton, K.W. Yeow.

New clerical staff: Betty Sandy, Mavis Bull (Librarian).

Tech. staff: Tony Edgeley, Les Pullen, Dennis Fisher, Tom Kelley.

PhD Awarded to Colin Mercer.


Negotiations taking place with Ministry of Technology for joint sponsorship of an Industrial Noise Control Unit.

Ten short courses held, attracting over 700 delegates.

Structures and Vibration Group awarded an SRC grant for a Random Data Analysis Unit (£55,000).

Brian Clarkson promoted to Professor of Vibration in October 1966.

Graham Gladwell spent a year on sabbatical in the University of the West Indies.

Chris Morfey spent the year with BBN in Boston.

New lecturers: John Guignard (Shellmex and British Petroleum Lecturer in Human Factors in Aeronautical Engineering);

Maurice Petyt appointed as temporary lecturer.

Colin Mercer transferred from Maths as Lecturer in Structural Vibration.

Ivor Wold – BAC Research Fellows

Bob Crawford – ICI Fibres Research Fellow

Derek Goodwin – Rootes Research Fellow

Noel Morgan – Wessex Regional Hospital Board Research Fellow

Parmur Mungur – Atomic Power Construction Ltd. Research Fellow.

Other Research Fellows: Ian Acton, Derek Croome, Tom Guy, John Walker, Ed Szechenyi, Selwyn Wright, Arthur King, Doug Mills.

New students: Stuart Stearn (CEGB), Bill Whyte (National Cash Register Co. Ltd.; Dave France (Hawker Siddeley Aviation); Stan Lyons (British Aircraft Corporation Ltd); Chris Walker (BPB Industries).

Other research students/assistants included: Joe Hammond, Brenda Sullivan, Sarah Dodd, Geoff Callow.

New Clerical: Maureen Andrews (later Maureen Strickland, now Maureen Mew)

Dave Anderton, John Leverton and PG Vaidya awarded MSc in Advanced Acoustics

Mike Russell awarded MSc in Vibration and Noise Studies.

A. Harold Marshall is awarded his PhD on ‘The Architectural Significance of Reverberation’.


Oct 67: Prof Brian Clarkson becomes Director of the ISVR, as Prof Elfyn Richards becomes VC of Loughborough University.

Formation of the Audiology and Human Factors Group under Dr Ross Coles and Chris Rice. Ross Coles joins the ISVR from the Royal Naval Medical School (now the Institute of Naval Medicine) at Alverstoke, Gosport.

Rayleigh Building is completed.

Dec 67: The Random Data Analysis Unit accepted a Marconi Myriad II digital computer.

John Large (from Boeing Co., Seattle) appointed with effect from April 69 as Chair of Applied Acoustics.

Maurice Petyt appointed to a permanent lectureship.

Paul E. Waters, ex-Ford Motor Company, appointed Ford Research Fellow in the Automotive Group, funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Department of Industry.

Ian Sharland moves to Woods of Colchester Ltd. Maurice Petyt takes on Ian’s role.

Ross Coles made a permanent member of staff on his retirement from the Navy

Dai Webb (Royal Aircraft Establishment) takes a part-time appointment.

Eric Zepler and Arthur King retire.

Irina Lebedeva and Hans Bruun visit.

Mike Fisher appointed as Rolls-Royce Lecturer from 1st July 1968.

Perkins Engines Co. Ltd. sponsor a lectureship in diesel engine noise.

Eric Grover appointed to the Babcock and Wilcox Ltd Research Fellowship.

Maurice Petyt awarded PhD.

CEGB sponsored studentships: Ulf Rivenaes and Stuart Stearn.

Ford Motor Co.: R.A. Upward.

MIRA: Geoff Callow.

Other students inc: Bernie Challen, Mike Barron, N. Erotokritos, Sen Gupta, Vilija Priede, Moyra Patrick.

Tech staff include: Tony Whatmore, Jill Mansfield, John Berry, Tony Miles.


Industrial Noise Unit formed with three consultants.

Nov. 14th: Official opening of the Rayleigh Building by Sir Donald Stokes.

First full year of operation of the Industrial Noise Unit since established Industrial. Award of a grant of £30k over three years from Wolfson Foundation to support the Noise Unit, which is renamed the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control

Tizard Building extension from two to five floors completed.

Formation of the Human Factors Research Unit.

Establishment of a co-operative research programme on sound radiation from high speed, hot gas jets with Lockheed-Georgia Co, USA. (Harry Plumblee)

Co-operative research programme with NASA Langley.

Application to Wessex Regional Hospital Board for permanent support was successful. Includes part-time support for Ross Coles.

Installation of three engine test cells in the Rayleigh Building.

Ministry of Technology awarded a contract for research into startle caused by sonic bangs (£10,309). Work commenced to coincide with test flights of Concorde.

Eric Grover appointed as Perkins Engines Lecturer.

John Leverton (Westland) appointed as part-time lecturer.

Picture of model helicopter rig in annual report.

Chris Jewell joined Random Data Analysis Unit as a programmer (picture of DAC).

Bob White appointed as Research Fellow.

Gill Saunders (Jewell) joins the technical staff.

Theo Priede appointed to a personal chair of automotive engineering.

Graham Gladwell resigned to take up a Chair at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

John Guignard left to go to Indiana State University.

Financial situation such that these vacancies were frozen for one year.

David Anderton appointed as lecturer sponsored by the British Leyland Motor Company.

Colin Gordon appointed as the Technical Manager of the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control (8 consulting engineers and 6 technical assistants).

Frank Fahy and Roger Thornton awarded their PhDs. - Early audiological research in the ISVR by Professor Roger Thornton

Sunil Jha appointed as Chrysler Research Fellow


Extract from University of Southampton. Handbook of Information. Faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science 1970-71.(pdf)

Jul 69; The first of the Fairey Lectures, given by Prof. Stephen Crandall from MIT.

Vinod K Duggal, Ph.D  Student, Automotive Group.


Oct 70: the Acoustics Group was awarded a major research grant from the SRC for studies of the reduction of noise in aircraft engine flow ducts. Work carried out by Parmar Mungur and colleagues (supervised by Prof John B Large).

Automotive Group contributed to the preparation of the Ministry of Transport Road Research Laboratory report “A review of road traffic noise”. As a consequence, a joint research project with MIRA was instituted and a grant of £115,000 over three years was awarded for research and low-noise design of both in-line 6 cylinder and V8, 350 HP turbocharged diesel engines. This grant enabled the installation of a new outdoor vehicle test facility to be built at Chilworth.

Awarded a major grant from MRC for 6⅓ years supporting four scientific workers and six tech/admin staff.

Phil Doak appointed to the Hawker Siddeley Chair of Acoustics.

Academic appointments:

  • Ross Coles – Senior Lecturer
  • Nick Lalor (Cummins Engines Lectureship)
  • Gary Koopman
  • Martin Oldman (Shell-Mex/BP Lectureship)
  • Bob White

Alan Martin joins to work on an SRC sponsored research study into the methodology of measurement of attenuation of ear protectors. - ISVR Audiology: Research, Teaching and Clinical Service by Dr Alan Martin

Albert Hyde appointed as Admin Assistant to Wolfson Unit.

Brian Tester – BAC Research Fellow

Samir Yousri – Clarke Chapman-John Thompson Ltd. Research Fellow.

Parmar Mungur – Atomic Power Constructions Ltd. Research Fellow

Chris Morfey, Nick Lalor, Bob White and Sunil Jha awarded PhDs in 1970


The Automotive Design Advisory Unit (ADAU) is formed. The Automotive Group and the ADAU were closely linked but quite separate; the Automotive Group carried out ‘open’ research and the ADAU carried out consultancy and ‘confidential’ research. Prof Priede’s inaugural lecture for which he instals and runs 2 diesel engines in Physics Lecture Theatre A to demonstrate the difference between a standard production engine and an ISVR low-noise engine.


10th Anniversary issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration published with Foreword by Prof Richards and a summary of the work of each group.

Sunil Jha leaves for lectureship at Cranfield Institute of Technology.

July 72: Paul E. Waters awarded PhD for work on the control of noise from heavy lorries.

Sept 72: Dr. Paul E. Waters leaves to join the Vehicle Engineering and Inspection Directorate, Department of the Environment.

May 73: Dr. Paul E Waters received an Arch T Colwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers of the USA for his contribution to automotive engineering literature while working at ISVR.


Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control launched a Hearing Conservation Service for Industry. Wolfson Unit Brochure.

Chris Rice and Brian Clarkson presented the Seventh Sir Isaac Newton Lecture of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, ‘Sound and silence’, to over 3000 young people.

Formation of the Association of Noise Consultants: the ISVR's Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control is one of the founder members.

Eric Grover appointed Lecturer

Dave Pitcaithley (Wolfson Unit) and Jeff Baker (ADAU) join.

Jenny Andrews (Audiology) joins clerical staff

Mike Griffin, George Dodd, Tom Melling, Brian Tester, Ulf Rivenaes and Dave Anderton awarded PhDs.

Mark Lutman awarded MSc


Opening of the University of Southampton’s Turner Sims Concert Hall with acoustics designed by Prof Doak of the ISVR.

Industrial Noise Research and Development Group established under Professor Richards.

Andy Middleton appointed Technical Manager of Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control, succeeding Colin Gordon, who returns to Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) in the USA.

The Institute of Acoustics is formed by the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society.

Vinod K Duggal, appointed CAV Fellow.



Dr John Walker and Dr James M Fields, who joins the Department of Social Statistics, begin the National Railway Noise Survey of Great Britain. The survey design, implementation and analysis extends over the next four or so years, and is a landmark achievement in environmental noise research.


Professor Priede, Dave Anderton, Eric Grover and Nick Lalor are awarded the Herbert Akroyd Stuart Prize by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for their paper ‘The Automotive Diesel Engine’.

Photo: The Data Analysis Centre staff, 1977.

Vinod K Duggal, awarded PhD.


Frank Fahy publishes publishes the now universally exploited cross-spectral expression for estimating sound intensity using simply two phase-matched microphones and an FFT analyser.

May 78: The Wolfson Building is completed and opened.

Significant upgrade to the Data Analysis Centre facility funded by Science Research Council.

Industrial Noise Research and Development Group established. Joint projects with Machine Tool Industry Research Association and Drop Forge Research Association.

Machinery Health Monitoring Group formally becomes part of the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control.


Ross Coles becomes Deputy Director of the new Institute of Hearing Research (IHR). The IHR is based in Nottingham, but Ross Coles stays based in the ISVR.

Alan Martin is appointed to Lectureship.

Neil Halliwell is appointed to take over from Gary Koopman. Interview with Neil Halliwell.

Mike Griffin takes over from Martin Oldman.

Colin Mercer resigns.

Roger Thornton is appointed as Head of the IHR Out-station at the Royal South Hants Hospital.

Research Fellows include: Philip Evans, Tony Herbert, Solomon To.

Junior Research Fellows include: Roger Pinnington, Ian Flindell, Brian Mace, Ben Lawton, Hugh Goyder.

Research Assistants include: Ken Parsons.

Research Students include: Phil Nelson.

Clerical: Beryl Guerrera (Fahy).

Technical staff includes: Marilyn Cramer (Hicks), Laurie Dykes, Doug Day, Angie Barks, Alan Sanger, Henry Eales, Keith Sims, Dennis Howell.

Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control includes: Colin Gordon, Andy Middleton, Mike House, Ken Ratcliffe, ian Acton, Dick Randell, Neil Pinder, Tony Whatmore, David Rawlinson, Peter Wheeler, Tony Miles, Dave Pitcaithley, Janet Milne (Wheeler), Sue Stephenson and Trudy Stearne.

Tony Corcoran is awarded MSc in Audiology. Ben Lawton is awarded the Diploma in Audiology.

Vinod K Duggal, Appointed to Ford Motor Lectureship (Mechanical Engineering)


Prof John Large becomes Director Of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Clarkson, who becomes the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

First cohort of BSc in Acoustical Engineering graduate.

Douglas Robinson is awarded a DSc for notable contributions to acoustics.

Joe Hammond is appointed as Lecturer. Mike Dyne is appointed Manager of the Data Analysis Centre.

Steve Karmy is appointed ICI Lecturer in Audiology.

Bob Blunn joins as Experimental Officer in Audiology.

Brian Mace is awarded a DPhil by Oxford University.

Paul Darlington and Andy McKenzie enrol on BSc Acoustical Engineering.

Ken Heron, Roger Kershaw, and John Leverton are awarded PhDs

Neil Baines graduates with BSc Acoustical Engineering.


Industrial Noise Advisory Service led by Gordon Stimpson.

Philip Doak is awarded the IOA’s Rayleigh medal.

Stewart Glegg becomes Lecturer in Underwater Acoustics.

Ross Coles moves to the main IHR base in Nottingham.

Ian Carr and Joe Cuschieri join the Industrial Noise R&D Group.

Ken Brown becomes Experimental Officer.

Research Fellows include: Bill Redman-white, Chris Fuller, and Steve Elliott

Research Students include: Bento Coehlho, John Mourjopoulos, Rob Harrrison, Neil Baines, Arcanjo Lenzie.

Patricia Davies is awarded the M.Sc.

Hugh Goyder, Chris Lewis, Kevin Shepherd, and Stewart Glegg are awarded their PhDs

Rob Harrison, and John Shelton graduate with BSc.


Frank Fahy and Steve Elliott produce the ISVR Sound Intensity Meter.

Goran Pavić (ISVR alumnus) and the University of Zagreb are also producing a Sound Intensity Meter.

Structural Dynamics Group and Industrial Noise Research and Development Group merged under the Chairmanship of Bob White.

Shock Analysis Group formed with Maurice Petyt, Bob White and Michael Dyne.

Finite Element Advisory Service formed by Maurice Petyt.

Machinery Health Monitoring Group left the University to become an independent company.

ISVR Laser Doppler Vibrometer system used by Neil Halliwell, Phil Nelson and Phil Doak for the first time to map the flow in a Helmholtz Resonator.

Brian Clarkson becomes President of the Institute of Acoustics for 1980-1982

Douglas Robinson is appointed Visiting Research Professor

Theo Priede is elected to Fellowship of Engineering

Chris Rice is appointed Chairman of Audiology and Human Effects Group

Mike Lower and Val Cleaver are awarded PhDs

Professor Richards is awarded honorary membership of the Acoustical Society of America; the first non-American amongst the nine Fellows to receive the honour, the first of whom was Thomas Edison.

Neil Halliwell on Special Leave to the Lockheed International Research Institute, Georgia USA to investigate flow mapping techniques with laser technology.

Vinod K Duggal, leaves to Join Cummins Engine Co., USA


The Laser Vibrometer developed by Neil Halliwell solves the problem of torsional vibration measurement and is selected by Brüel and Kjær for commercial exploitation.

The Auditory Communications and Hearing Conservation Unit (ACHCU) is established with Chris Rice as Chairman and Peter Wheeler as Manager, with a grant of £120,000 from the Wolfson Foundation.

Steve Karmy leaves to take up post with Industrial Audiology Services.

Brian Clarkson is appointed Principal of University College Swansea

Phil Nelson (awarded PhD) and Steve Elliott appointed as Lecturers on SERC Special Replacement Scheme.


Prof R G (Bob) White becomes Director of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Large, who becomes Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Fairey Lecture series ended after 14 years. Replaced by the Knowles Lectures supported by Knowles Electronics Ltd.

The ISVR celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and has a party.


Phil Doak takes early retirement and is given the status of Emeritus Professor.

Roger Pinnington is appointed to a Lectureship funded by Admiralty Marine Technology Establishment.

Frank Fahy is awarded the IOA's Tyndall Medal for outstanding contributions in acoustical research.

Philip Evans is appointed Head of the Wessex Regional Audiology Clinic.

Tony Corcoran joins ISVR from the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital to establish a new Hearing Aid Rehabilitation Advisory Service within the Wessex Regional Audiology Clinic.

Ian Flindell and Roger Pinnington are awarded PhDs.


Mike House takes over from Andy Middleton as Manager of the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control.

Work commenced on wind energy turbine noise in collaboration with the Wind Energy Group.

Frank Fahy awarded an SERC grant for a fundamental investigation into techniques of measurement of sound intensity in flowing fluid media.

Auditory vestibular research facility established in Audiology and Human Effects Group.

Theo Priede is made a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers for exceptional professional distinction by reasons of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, experience and sustained accomplishment in the field of automotive engineering.

Douglas Robinson is awarded the Commemorative Medallion of the Royal National Institute of the Deaf in recognition of his work on measurement standardisation and noise induced hearing loss.

Mike Griffin is awarded the Bartlett Medal of the Ergonomics Society for his contributions in the human vibration field.

Nick Lalor is appointed to the Lectureship in Machinery Vibration and moves from the Automotive Group to the Structures and Machinery Group.

Peter Wilkins leaves the Audiology and Human Effects Group to take position with the Public Health Department in Perth, in his native Australia.

Gurmail Paddan and Henrietta Stuart (Howarth) join.


Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), first named by Chris Pickering and Neil Halliwell in a paper to Applied Optics, (23(8), pp 1128-1129)  is now used as a standard flow-mapping technique world wide.

The Structures and Machinery Group and the Automotive Group merge.

Theo Priede retires, and Vilija Priede leaves to take up post at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Ludwig Rosenfeld is awarded his PhD at the age of 81 years – the oldest candidate to be awarded (at that time).

Stuart Bolton is awarded his PhD and departs for Purdue University in the USA.

Tony Corcoran leaves to join the Commonwealth Society for the Deaf in Botswana.

Andrew Reid joins the Audiology Clinic staff to work in the area of audiovestibular variation and electrophysiology.

Neil Halliwell transfers to the Structures and Machinery Group.


The Signal Processing and Control Group formed from the Data Analysis Centre, Steve Elliott, Phil Nelson, Peter Clarkson and Joe Hammond (Chair).

Two more VAX 11/750 were added to the VAX cluster and the Data Analysis Centre was renamed the Design and Analysis Centre.

Neil Ferguson is appointed as Lecturer sponsored by British Aerospace.

Peter Clarkson is appointed as Research Lecturer sponsored by the Admiralty Research Establishment, Teddington.

Jeremy Nedwell is appointed Lecturer in Underwater Acoustics.

Stewart Glegg leaves to join Florida Atlantic University.

Mike Griffin is awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Swedish Vibration Society in recognition of his research record in the human vibration field.

Death of Mr. Noel Morgan, FRCS who had contributed greatly to the work and reputation of the Audiology Clinic.

Mavis Bull retires as Librarian: Beryl Fahy takes on the role.

Val Cleaver is appointed to take responsibility for the rehabilitational services provided by Wessex Region Audiology Clinic.

Patricia Davies is awarded her PhD.

John Mourjopoulos is awarded his PhD and returns to Greece.

Kevin Munro, now the Ewing Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester, enrols on the Audiology MSc course.

The ISVR Old Time Music Hall at Christmas.


Result of submission of research profile to UGC: ISVR rated as “outstanding”.

Institute of Mechanical Engineers 1987 Prestige lecture "Noise, vibration and the environment" jointly presented by Mike Fisher, Chris Rice and Bob White.

The Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group awarded large contracts in underwater sound propagation and jet noise. In addition the group is granted £90,000 from the UGC for the construction of an anechoically lined tank (The A B Woods Laboratory).

A survey of vibration-induced white finger at Devonport is completed with the inclusion of 1242 men. Approximately 25% of the men reported some relevant symptoms.

The SERC and MOD fund a two year project to combine the use of the laser torsional vibrometer with the laser vibrometer as a monitoring system for a marine diesel engine.

Image processing facility established under an SERC grant.

In response to demand, a second vehicle dynamometer is constructed at Chilworth.

The Design and Analysis Centre implements new software to enable file transfer, electronic mail and terminal access to wide-area networks across the campus, nationally and internationally, and to provide gateways to the Universities/SERC Joint Academic Network (JANET) provided.

Further PhD studies at the ISVR identify laser speckle noise as the limiting factor in laser vibrometer measurements. S.J Rothberg and N.A. Halliwell, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 135, (3), pp516-512, Laser Vibrometry: Pseudo Vibrations remains a seminal paper.

SERC sponsor work on Active Vibration Control.

John Large is appointed Director of Industrial Affairs for the University.

Chris Rice is appointed Deputy Director.

Peter Wheeler (Manager of Auditory Communications and Hearing Conservation Unit) leaves to take up post in industry with Racal Acoustics. Mike House is appointed Head of Consultancy Services, managing both the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control and the Auditory Communications and Hearing Conservation Unit.

Ben Dobson is appointed Senior Engineer in the Automotive Design Advisory Unit to run an Admiralty funded contract in the Structures and Machinery Group on shipboard machinery noise.

John Walker is appointed Dean (Elect) of Continuing Education in the University.

Patricia Davies departs for Purdue University.

Jeremy Nedwell is awarded his PhD.


Data Analysis Centre ceases to exist. Southampton University Computing Services (SUCS) takes over the running of the systems.

Major motor manufacturer sponsors a programme of research into subjective response to vehicle interior noise.

Research on motion sickness at sea led to the evolution of a Motion Sickness Dose Value to be used to predict the incidence of vomiting and the extent of passenger illness caused by ship motion.

Large Admiralty-sponsored programme of work into vibrational power flow through structures; a large diesel engine vibration isolation test facility established at Chilworth.

Collaboration between the Structures and Machinery Group and the Department of Electronics leads to the development of a microprocessor-based diagnostic system which identifies faults occurring in diesel engine fuel injectors. UK patent applied for.

Mike Dyne transfers to University Computing Services.

Joe Hammond is awarded a Personal Chair.

Chris Pickering is appointed Lecturer in Machinery Condition Monitoring.

Ian Flindell is appointed Lecturer in the Audiology and Human Effects Group.

Peter Clarkson leaves.

Chris Rice is appointed President of the Institute of Acoustics, 1988-1990.

Alan Martin is elected chairman of the British Society of Audiology.

Neil Halliwell is made Chair of Structures and Machinery Group.

Mr. Norman P. Haacke, FRCS, Consultant Otolaryngologist to the Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority, is appointed to take medical responsibility for the Wessex Regional Audiology Clinic.

Andrew Bullmore, Steve Karmy and Chris Pickering are awarded PhDs.


IVECO and Fellowship of Engineering award funding for a Chair in Automotive Engineering.

£48,000 development grant from Wessex Regional Health Authority to enhance the role of the Wessex Regional Audiology Centres.

Commercial launch of the ISVR Laser Vibrometer (Brüel & Kjær Type 3544 Laser Velocity Transducer): Brüel & Kjær agree commercial licensing rights with the University.

The active control of propeller-induced passenger cabin noise extensively studied and the first public disclosure of flight trials carried out in collaboration with British Aerospace to evaluate this method of sound control.

Blast wave simulator built at the Marchwood site.

The ACHCU and WUNVC formally merge to form ISVR Consultancy Services with Mike House as Manager, following the departure of Peter Wheeler from ACHCU to Racal Acoustics.

Frank Fahy is awarded his Personal Chair in Engineering Acoustics.

Paul White is appointed to the Admiralty Research Establishment Lectureship in Signal Processing for Underwater Systems.

Denise Cafarelli-Dees is appointed Head of the Wessex regional Audiology Clinic.

Peter Davies retires.

Neil Ferguson and Andrew McKenzie are awarded PhDs.

IVECO and Fellowship of Engineering award funding for a Chair in Automotive Engineering.

A £48,000 development grant is given by the Wessex Regional Health Authority to enhance the role of the Wessex Regional Audiology Clinic.

Commercial launch of the ISVR Laser Vibrometer (B&K Type 3544 Laser Velocity Transducer): B&K agree commercial licensing rights with the University.

The active control of propeller-induced passenger cabin noise is extensively studied. Flight trials carried out in collaboration with British Aerospace to evaluate this method of sound control are publically announced for vthe first time

A blast wave simulator is built at the Marchwood site.


Prof Chris Rice becomes Director of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Bob White.
Audio interview with Chris Rice.
‘A life in ISVR’ a personal perspective by Chris Rice

ISVR achievesthe top 5-point rating in the UGC research selectivity exercise.

March 90: Official opening of the AB Wood Underwater Acoustic Lab.

HVLab computer system developed within Human Factors Research Unit, now used by various organisations within and outside the University.

Professor Mike Russell becomes Professor of Automotive Engineering.

Bob White is appointed Director of University of Southampton Institute of Transducer Technology (USITT).

John Large is seconded full time to be Director of Industrial Affairs.

Neil Halliwell takes up a post as Professor of Optical Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology.

Mike House resigns as Manager of ISVR Consultancy Services. Ken Ratcliffe takes over.

Frank Fahy is awarded the 1990 Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics.

Frank Fahy’s book ‘Sound Intensity’ is published in 1989.

Mike Griffin is appointed Group Chairman of the Audiology and Human Effects Group.

Jane Burgneay and Kevin Munro join the Wessex Regional Audiology Cliniv.

Henrietta Howarth is awarded her PhD


1991: The first person receives a cochlear implant at the ISVR Hearing and Balance Centre, leading to the formation of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC). More than 800 people have since received cochlear implants from the department, now re-named the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. Research by SOECIC and the ISVR has formed the basis of NHS guidelines for people receiving implants, and has led to new ways of assessing progress in young children with these devices and new ways of processing speech to make it intelligible for people with a cochlear implant.

The original single storey Building 19 (formerly the Welcome Animal House) is refurbished and occupied by the Structural Dynamics Group and Automotive Test Laboratory.

New listening room constructed in the Zepler Laboratory of the Wolfson Building conforming to requirements of IEC 268. Used for sponsored research on loudspeaker directivity and office machinery noise.

Tactile vibrometer for measuring vibrotactile thresholds of the finger developed for both in-house research and external customers.

Established SAVOIR (Sound and Vibration: Organisation, Information and Resources) under the EC COMETT Programme. Network comprises the ISVR, TNO Delft (Netherlands), Metravib RDS (Écully, France), Brüel and Kjær (Naerum, Denmark), and at the Catholic University of Leuven Acoustics Lab. (Belgium)

Maurice Petyt publishes his book ‘Introduction to Finite Element Vibration Analysis’.

Chris Rice is promoted to Professor of Subjective Acoustics.

Mike Griffin is promoted to Professor of Human Vibration.

Kevin Munro, now the Ewing Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester, returns to join the Wessex Regional Audiology Clinic.

Ian Acton, Ben Dobson, Dick Randall, and Lucy Yardley resign.

Bob Davis is appointed Manager of ISVR Consultancy Services, joining from industry.

Phil Doak is awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Medal and Citation as Aero-acoustician for 1990.

Gurmail Paddan, Phil Joseph and David Thompson are awarded their PhDs

Matthew Harrison graduates from the BSc course


Centre for Underwater Acoustics Research established under the leadership of Jeremy Nedwell.

NERC support awarded for a study on acoustic bubble sizing of the sea.

The number of patients seen in the Wessex Regional Audiology Centre, for special audiovestibular investigations or rehabilitation, passes 1000.

DTI supported project: A study of uncertainty in application of SEA (in collaboration with Dr. A.J. Keane of the School of Engineering Science of Oxford University).

MSc Audiology: Financial support received for the first time from the NHS in the form of bursaries for all those UK students who intend to work in the NHS subsequently.

Bob White and Neil Halliwell are awarded DSc.

Phil Nelson and Steve Elliott are jointly awarded the IOA Tyndal Medal.

Norman Powell (formerly Technical Superintendent of the Departments of Aero and Astro, ISVR and Ship Science) is awarded Master of Science honoris causa for his expertise and engineering judgement, his unstinting service and for his contribution over 27 years to the technical work of the University.

Pete Tanner retires.

Professor Teodors (Theo) Priede dies on 27 April.

Chris Rice is appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science with effect from September 1992.

Phil Nelson moves from the Signal Processing and Control Group to take up the Chair of the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group.

Peter Davies is awarded a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship.

Emeritus Professor Denys Mead joins the Structures and Machinery Group after retiring from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department .

Dr. Jane Horner moves to University of Loughborough.

Paul White is awarded his PhD.

Carl Verschuur and Mike Brennan are awarded their MSc in Audiology and Sound and Vibration Studies, respectively.


Prof Joe Hammond becomes Director of the ISVR, Taking over from Prof Rice, who becomes Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Three Associate Directors of the ISVR are appointed to assist the new Director:

  • Assoc. Director Academic: Frank Fahy
  • Assoc. Director Services: Mike Fisher
  • Assoc. Director: Financial and Administration: Terry Vass

ISVR achieves Grade 5A rating in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise.

SAVANTE (Sound and Vibration Network in Europe) approved by the EC.

ISVR approved by the EC as host institution for 14 European fellowships. The first fellowship awarded to Andrea Bifulco from CIRA in Naples.

The P O A L Davies Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and the P E Doak Acoustics Laboratory are established on Level 2 of the Tizard Building. The B L Clarkson Composite Materials Laboratory is named in Building 19. The ISVR/Aero Library is named the E J Richards Library.

The 30th anniversary of the ISVR;
Video clips of the speeches by:

  • Prof JK Hammond, Director
  • Prof EJ Richards, on the naming of the EJ Richards Library,
  • Prof POAL Davies on the naming of the POAL Davies laboratory, and
  • Prof PE Doak on the naming of the PE Doak Laboratory.

New research under the EC-BRITE-EURAM scheme:

  • Optimization of the design of truck engine noise enclosure;
  • Theoretical analysis of the sound transmission characteristics of aircraft sidewall structures fitted with sound absorbent materials;
  • Helicopter internal noise;
  • Technique for determining vibration transmissibility through the seat to a seat occupant which dispenses with the human subject;
  • The dynamic interaction of the head and a helmet with visual display facilities.

The development of ‘smart’ structures which incorporate active vibration control elements and which are adaptively driven to reduce sound radiation.

Transmission of noise into vehicle passenger compartments.

Higher-order spectral analysis for the identification of machinery noise.

John Dixon becomes manager of the Automotive Design Advisory Unit, following the retirement of Eric Grover.

Dr Tim Leighton, later to become Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics, and then Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, joins the ISVR as Lecturer. Interview with Tim Leighton.

Jeremy Nedwell resigns.

Steve Elliott is made Chairman of the Signal Processing and Control Group.

Structures and Machinery Group is renamed Structural Dynamics Group with Roger Pinnington as Chairman.

Douglas Robinson is awarded a Distinguished Service Certificate for his 40 years of active association with the British Standards Institution. He is also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Acoustics.

Keith Holland and Jen Muggleton are awarded their PhDs.

Andy Varley is awarded his MSc in Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design Technology.

ISVR alumnus Professor Peter Wheeler, now at the University of Salford, becomes President of the Institute of Acoustics 1992-1994.


Eric Grover (founder member of the Automotive Design Advisory Unit) retires in December 1993 and John Dixon is appointed succeeded him as Manager.

May 1994: Hearing and Balance Centre established.

June 1994: Faculty Postgraduate School established with Bob White as its Head.

EC-funded project with Goran Pavić (CETIM) and Martin Ohlrich (Technical University Denmark) on the active control of vibration using power transmission methods.

Stuart Dyne is appointed Research Lecturer in Industrial Signal Processing in October 1993.

Phil Nelson is awarded a Personal Chair: Professor of Acoustics

Steve Elliott is awarded a Personal Chair: Professor of Adaptive Systems

Dr Stephanie Merry joins the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group in August 1994 as a Faculty Lecturer on secondment to the ISVR. She is responsible for maritime and ocean engineering.

Mike Russell is made Chair of Automotive Group.

Andrea Bifulco and Paolo Gardonio are the first Visiting Fellows under the European Community Host Institution programme.

Stephen Walsh moves to take a lecturing post at Loughborough University of Technology.

Dušan Lednik, Steve Rothberg and Matthew Wright are awarded PhDs.

Helen Cullington is awarded the MSc Audiology (with distinction)


October 1994: The first intake to the new BSc courses in Acoustics and Music and Acoustics with Oceanography.

Ken Ratcliffe retires – September 1994.

John Walker retires – December 1994.

Tim Leighton is awarded the 1994 A B Wood Medal of the Institute of Acoustics.

Kevin Munro, now the Ewing Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester, becomes Head of the Hearing and Balance Centre.


the ISVR computer is installed on Level 4 of the Tizard Building.

Major grants from UK Research Councils:

  • Ocean sound propagation.
  • Biomechanics of the impact-excited brain.
  • Active suppression of the transmission between dwellings of the low-frequency ‘beat’ of popular music.
  • The mechanics of gas bubble behaviour in the ocean.
  • Modelling of high-frequency transmission of vibration along fluid-loaded stiffened plate structures (joint with Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

New test facilities:

  • Motoring of IC engines.
  • Soundproof room for testing fuel injection systems.
  • Vibration-isolated water tank for the evaluation of underwater hearing thresholds.

SOECIC move from 127 University Road to the Tizard Building.

Mike Brennan is appointed Lecturer in Smart Structures in the Structural Dynamics Group.

Chris Boucher is appointed Lecturer in Real Time Signal Processing in Signal Processing and Control Group.

Neil Ferguson is seconded to ISVR Consultancy Services and is given a new title: Industrial Lecturer in Structural Dynamics.

Chris Morfey is awarded a Personal Chair: Professor of Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics.

Bob White is appointed Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (22 May 1995).

April 1995: Frank Fahy is awarded the Médaille étrangère de la Société Française d'Acoustique.

Matthew Harrison and Mike Brennan are awarded PhDs.

Ben Lineton is awarded his MSc in Audiology (with distinction).

September 7, 1995, Professor Elfyn Richards, founder and first Director of the ISVR, dies. Obituary in ‘The Independent’.

Mike Russell leaves in September 1995.

Mark Lutman joins on 31 December 1995 as Professor of Audiology.


The large anechoic chamber in the Rayleigh Laboratories is refurbished (8,000 polyurethane wedges replaced with sleeved glass fibre wedges in supporting frames).

Major new EC-funded research:

  • Study of vibration in work vehicles.
  • Development of distributed active foils for noise reduction.
  • Vibroacoustic measurement and prediction for motor vehicles.
  • Hybrid laminar flow demonstration on aircraft.
  • Study of noise generated by railway freight traffic.

Other major projects:

  • Sound propagation in suspended sediments.
  • Optimization procedures for sound insulation in cars.
  • Design of robust control systems.
  • Detection of buried objects.
  • Development of common transducer systems for active control and condition monitoring.
  • The development of dynamic models of postural stability of the human body in moving environments.

Sept 96: The MSc course in Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design Technology is relaunched as the MSc course in Automotive Dynamics, Noise and Vibration.

The unit of assessment including the ISVR (Aero and Astro, Ship Science, Mech Eng, Eng Materials, Cryogenics and ISVR) rated 5 in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise.

David Thompson joins from British Rail Research as Research Lecturer in Rail Systems Noise and Vibration: the start of a significant programme of railway noise and vibration research, with the EU Silent Track and Silent Freight projects.

Nick Lalor takes on the Chair of Vehicle Dynamics Group (formerly Automotive Engineering Group).

Dr. Matthew Harrison joins on 1 April 1996 to take up post of Industrial Lecturer in Vehicle Noise and vibration.

Dr. Trevor Sutton takes up post as Lecturer in Control of Vibroacoustic Systems on 1 May 1996.

Phil Joseph appointed Lecturer in Shallow Water Acoustics on 1 July 1996.

Catherine George, Head of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC) resigns.

Tim Leighton is appointed Director of the A B Wood Laboratory.

PhDs are awarded to Bill Collis, Marty Johnson and Mohammed Moshrefi-Torbati.

Staff photos from 1996:


New EU-funded projects:

  • Multi-national collaboration with the aim of improving signal to noise ratio in hearing aids and telephones adapted for hearing impaired persons.
  • TESTOPS – aim to produce a standard for evaluating the severity of end-stop impacts in suspension seats.
  • Silent Track – to reduce the noise of freight trains by up to 10 dB.

Other major new programmes:

  • Modelling of piston slap using test rig which represents the effect of the oil film.
  • Development of an efficient means of modelling the time-dependent dynamic properties of IC engines.

Health & Safety Executive funded programme:

  • Integrating methods for early identification of noise-induced hearing loss from otoacoustic emissions.

First graduates from the Acoustics and Music course (Alex Newman and Valerie Taylor).

Chris Jones from British Rail Research joins David Thompson in the railway noise and vibration programmes.

Steph Merry resigns and moves to DERA Hasler.

Matthew Harrison resigns.

Chris Boucher resigns.

Tony Herbert retires.

Julie Eyles is appointed Head of SOECIC.

Julie Brinton joins SOECIC.

Norman Haacke, ENT consultant, resigns from SOECIC.

Stephen Walsh is awarded his PhD.

Boaz Rafaely is awarded his PhD and is appointed Lecturer in Signal Processing and Control Group: October 1997.

Maurice Petyt appointed Professor of Structural dynamics in December 1997.

Tim Leigton appointed Reader.


Vehicle Dynamics Group is renamed Dynamics Group.

ISVR is awarded 23/24 points in the HEFCE Quality Assessment of Education. Copy of submission in Annual Report.

Grant of £24,000 received from Wolfson Foundation to refurbish the two small anechoic chambers (the blue room and the pink room) in The Rayleigh Building. These are combined into one larger anechoic chamber.

Bids to the EC for research into aircraft noise were successful - £430,000 awarded.

Two-year EC-funded study (£78,000) for a study of the detection of bubbles in ceramic slurry.

New link with DERA Bincleaves: enhancement of sonar detection in bubbly environments (£148,000).

Hearing and Balance Centre reorganised under the leadership of Mark Lutman.

The standardised procedure proposed by the Human Factors Research Unit to quantify signs of vascular and neurological disorders associated with hand-transmitted vibration was accepted by the Health and Safety Executive and leading experts in the UK.

Sept 1998: Acoustics with Music course starts.

The first graduate from the Acoustics with Oceanography course (Matt Simpson).

The Faculty Technical ‘Pool’ is disbanded. ISVR operated independently from 1/11/98.

January 15, 1998, John Large died.

Andrew Bullmore is appointed ISVR Business Manager in February 1998.

Terry Vass leaves. Betty Sandy leaves.

Frank Fahy takes early retirement and is appointed Emeritus Professor.

Alan Martin, Nick Lalor, David Anderton, Mike Shelton, and Bob White, retire.

Matthew Wright is appointed Lecturer in the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group in August 1998.

Mike Brennan becomes Chairman of the Dynamics Group.

John Hawkes, Superintended of the Technical Pool becomes University Area Safety Officer. John Taylor is appointed new Superintendent.

Valerie Cleaver leaves.

Tim Leighton is made a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Dr. Robert Allen (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) is formally associated with Signal Processing and Control Group.

Maurice Petyt takes early retirement and is given the status of Emeritus Professor.


Andrew Bullmore is appointed Manager of ISVR Consultancy Services, with Bob Davis as Technical Manager, and Malcolm Smith as Deputy Manager.

The Journal of Sound and Vibration initiates the annual P E Doak Award of £3,000 to the candidate entering the MSc programme who submits the best essay on some aspect of acoustics.

Human Factors Research Unit moves to the Tizard Building from University Crescent.

Hearing and Balance Centre moves to Tizard from 127 University Road.

The air compressors (owned jointly by ISVR and the Dept. of Aero and Astro) which provide air for the tunnels in the Westland Laboratory and the Rayleigh Labs were replaced and subsequently owned solely by the ISVR.

ISVR computing facilities upgraded.

EPSRC-supported contracts:

  • £359,000 to Tim Leighton for rapid assessment of the bubble population in shallow water for enhancement of high-frequency sonar operation;
  • Development of a validated system for the ultrasonic diagnosis of osteoporosis;
  • Characterisation of cavitation using electrochemical, acoustic and luminescent techniques.

EPSRC grants awarded to staff in the Signal Processing and Control Group:

  • To study modular active isolation systems (Steve Elliott and Mike Brennan;
  • Investigate the optimisation of combined active and passive vibration control techniques in space strut structures (awarded to Andy Keane (Mech. Eng.) in collaboration with Steve Elliott and Mike Brennan).

November 1999: Opening of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Noise at the ISVR, with Prof Phil Nelson as its first director and Mike Fisher as manager.

July 12, 1999 – Douglas Robinson died.

Chris Rice retired in September 1999.

Tim Leighton made Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics.

Bob Allen made Professor of Biodynamics and Control.

Paolo Gardonio appointed Lecturer in Signal Processing and Control Group.

Sarosh Kapadia appointed Lecturer in Human Sciences Group.

Tim Waters joined the Dynamics Group as Engineer,

Jen Muggleton joined in May 1999.


The EU approve the ISVR as Coordinator of ‘The Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies’ under the leadership of Paolo Gardonio.

Change of use of the Westland Laboratory to house facilities to support the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise.

Chris Jones, Tim Waters and Keith Holland are awarded lectureships.

Brian Mace joins as Reader in Structural Dynamics.

Publication of Dictionary of Acoustics, by Chris Morfey.

Tim Leighton is elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.


Jan 2001: Formal opening of the P.E. Doak Aeroacoustics Laboratory. Cost of re-equipping the laboratory met by grant of £283,900 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

A modular MSc in Automotive Refinement is initiated (Tim Waters Course Organiser) and approval is given for an MSc in Biomedical Signal Processing (Course Coordinator Antonello De Stefano). Funding for three years for both courses is provided through the EPSRC Master Training Package Initiative.

Jan 2001: Formal opening of the acoustically isolated testing room to be used as a paediatric clinic.

Prof Phil Nelson becomes Director of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Hammond, who becomes Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Applied Science and Mathematics.

New EPSRC projects:

  • A 3D chirp sub-bottom profiling system – a new tool for delineating the sub seabed (joint with Southampton Oceanography Centre).
  • An investigation of surface reformation in the presence of inertial (transient) cavitation (with Dept. of Chemistry).
  • Investigation of the transmission of turbulent boundary layer noise through panels (P. Gardonio)
  • Control of autonomous underwater vehicles (with Universities of Wales and Plymouth) (R. Allen)
  • Walking orthosis developments (With Universities of Portsmouth and Sheffield and Odstock Hospital) (R. Allen)

David Rawlinson and Andrew Bullmore leave ISVR Consultancy Services. Stuart Dyne is appointed Manager.

DERA funded:

  • Active vibration isolation (S.J. Elliott)


  • Active headrests (S.J. Elliott)

Other projects:

  • Jet mixing noise.
  • April 2001: SILENCER – prediction of supersonic fan noise, a major effort to utilise duct acoustic propagation codes for complex geometries in order to optimise acoustic liner performance, an investigation of the feasibility of employing active control methods to reduce low frequency buzz saw tones and work on airframe noise.
  • EU-funded SMILE (Simulation Methods for Interior Levels aerodynamically Excited.
  • Historic sea trial undertaken at Hurst Spit (Milford on Sea) November 2001. A variety of bubble-related measurements were made, including the first measurements of the population of bubbles having radii of less than 16 microns, the first test of acousto-electro-chemical bubble sensors and the first examination of the effect of pulse length on oceanic scatter and attenuation.

SOECIC involved in European project examining the perception of music by people with cochlear implants.

Joe Hammond is appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (1/4/2001)

Jeremy Astley is appointed as Professor of Computational Acoustics.

Tim Leighton receives the  inaugural award of the International Medwin Prize for Acoustical Oceanography. (Acoustical Society of America)

Alan McAline is appointed Lecturer in Acoustics.

Neil Pinder retires from ISVR Consultancy Services.

Chris Morfey becomes Chairman of the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group.

Miyuki Morioka is awarded her PhD in the Human Factors Research Unit.

Antonello De Stefano is awarded his PhD.

Maurice Petyt is elected as a Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration.



ISVR achieves Grade 5* in the 2001 RAE (under Unit of Assessment 30 (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Production Engineering).

Dynamics Groups moves laboratories from Building 19 to a refurbished area in the Rayleigh Building: railway research, wheel-rail rig and a rotor dynamics rig and two space-frames.

Purchased a major item of equipment: scanning laser vibrometer funded by a grant from EPSRC.

EPSRC project: ground vibration from trains in tunnels.

DTI awarded large research contract to a multidisciplinary team to reassess attitudes to aircraft noise in England, investigate the correlation between attitude and Leq noise index and examine any willingness to ‘pay’, in relation to other elements on the basis of stated preference survey evidence. Ian Flindell is Technical Adviser on aircraft noise.

DTI-sponsored project on Environmental Noise Measurement Uncertainties.

EU-funded contract:

  • HFRU coordinator – risks of occupational vibration exposure (VIBRISKS).
  • HFRU participating in Euro-contracts: Contact force mapping for characterisation of hand-held vibrating tools (VIBTOOL) and
  • A rational approach for reduction of motion sickness and improvement of passenger comfort and safety in sea transportation (COMPASS).

ADAU move to the Chilworth site.

New rail damper developed at the ISVR (with Corus plc). European patent granted in March 2002.

Provision of digital hearing aids is introduced in the autumn of 2000 as a pilot project that is part of the government modernisation plan for the NHS. This radical change was underpinned by ISVR research completed in 2002 and funded by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID).

David Simpson is appointed to the Lectureship in Biomedical Signal Processing.

Bob Davis retires from ISVR Consulting to set up as an independent consultant, but retains links as an Associate.

Matthew Wright is awarded a five-year Advanced Research Fellowship by EPSRC.

Tim Leighton is awarded the 2002 Tyndall Medal of the Institute of Acoustics.

Phil Nelson is awarded the 2002 Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics.

Ben Lineton and Takashi Takeuchi are awarded PhDs.

Maurice Petyt is elected Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration

Chris Morfey is awarded the 2002 AIAA Aeroacoustics Award.

Kevin Munro, moves to the University of Manchester


Jan 2003: ISVR Consultancy Services and the Automotive Design Advisory Unit formally merge under the name ISVR Consulting. Stuart Dyne is Manager with John Dixon as Technical Manager for projects in automotive and marine, Malcolm Smith as Technical Manager for modelling and design, and Dave Rawlinson as Technical Manager for projects in environmental noise and vibration and laboratory services.

Chris Morfey and Phil Joseph awarded £370,000 from the Joint DTI-Industry initiative DARP (Defence and Aerospace Research Partnership). Three-year experimental research study at ISVR of aerofoil broadband noise with parallel work on blade unsteady aerodynamics at the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge.

New 4-year undergraduate degree programme in Audiology (under lead of Gary Farrell).

New EU Contracts:

  • VIBSEAT (isolation of non-vertical vibration by suspension seats).
  • FACT (Fast and comfortable trains)
  • 1/5/2003 EPSRC funded Railway Research Centre (Rail Research UK).
  • Collaborative EU programme to examine whether the signals radiated by mobile phones may affect the auditory system.

Funding from Defence Technology Centre in Data and Information Fusion for a project on sensor clustering in control systems.

August 2003: New structure within University: the ISVR becomes a ‘School’ in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics.

Mike Brennan is awarded a Personal Chair.

Dave Pitcaithley (ISVR Consultancy Services) and Doreen Harris (Audiology) retire.

Phil Nelson is elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of The Acoustical Society of America.

Chris Morfey retires September 2003.

Steve Bell is awarded his PhD.

Boaz Rafaely leaves to take up a lecturing post at Ben Gurion University in Israel.


EC approved a second programme of the European Doctorate in Sound and Vibration Studies.

Skills Lab for Audiology Teaching is officially opened by Sandra Gidley, MP.

Leverhulme Trust funds new research programme: Developing analytical and numerical techniques for the prediction of structural vibration at higher frequencies.

Commissioning of a ‘Joint Lab’ with Samsung Electronics adjacent to the Zepler Laboratories in the Wolfson Building.

EU project: Intelligent materials for active noise reduction (InMAR).

EPSRC grant on advancing the state-of-the-art in early seizure onset analysis in the EEG.

Mark II version of the ISVR high-frequency sound-source launched by the Automotive Design Advisory Unit.

ISVR becomes a ‘School’ in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (it was formerly a Department).

James Sturgess is appointed Finance Officer.

David Thompson is awarded a Personal Chair in Railway Noise and Vibration.

Victor Humphrey is appointed to Chair in Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics in February 2004.

Luigi De Mercato is appointed Technology Transfer Fellow (UTC) –

Tim Leighton is awarded the inaugural Early Career Medal and Award of the International Commission of Acoustics.

Dr. Christopher James is appointed to a Lectureship in the Signal Processing and Control Group.

Paul White is promoted to Professor.

Phil Nelson is elected President of the International Commission for Acoustics.

Chris Morfey is appointed in January as Acting European Editor of Journal of Sound and Vibration, taking overall charge of the Journal in succession to Maurice Petyt


Prof Steve Elliott becomes Director of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Nelson, who becomes Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University. Brian Mace is Deputy Director (Research)

March 2005“Sound, vibration and the quality of life” Submission to the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2005 by Professor P.A. Nelson FREng, the Director of the ISVR.

Award of 3-year, £380,000 project by DSTL to provide Knowledge Networking and Concept Studies.

DTI Technology Programme ANDANTE (aircraft noise disturbance alleviation by novel technology) awarded to UTC – £800,000 over three years.

EU programme worth £1.1M, TURNEX: Turbomachinery noise radiation through engine exhaust.

PROBAND (Improvement of fan broadband noise prediction; experimental investigation and computational modelling.

HISAC (Environmentally friendly high speed aircraft).

VITAL (Environmentally friendly aeroengine).

The ISVR is awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize in December 2005 for improving the quality of life for the profoundly deaf and reducing noise pollution. See below 2006 for the award.

Brian Mace is appointed Professor of Structural Dynamics.

PhDs are awarded to: Oliver Baumann, Anna Morris, and Malcolm Smith

Dr Stefan Bleeck is appointed Lecturer in Audiology

Paul Fox is appointed Lecturer in Underwater Acoustics.

Gwenael Gabard and Miyuki Morioka are appointed Lecturers

Rod Self is promoted to Lecturer.

Mike Brennan is elected President of the European Association for Structural Dynamics 2005-2008.

Matthew Wright is elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Bob Allen is made Chairman of Signal Processing and Control Group.

Sarosh Kapadia leaves to take up post in Australia.


Award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
Photograph of the presentation.

New research project: OMEGA (opportunities for meeting the environmental challenge of growth in aviation).

Development at ISVR of a high pressure flow test facility of bleed valve noise.

EU-funded projects:

  • CANTOR: Coordinating Noise Transportation Research and Engineering Solutions.
  • NEST initiative: What it means to be human. Project: Hand-to-mouth. European research network to develop a framework for understanding archaeological and fossil evidence for the evolution of speech and manual dexterity.

EPSRC project:

  • Review the requirements for an instrument for soundscape recognition.

Professor Tim Leighton is awarded the 2006 Paterson Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics.

Dr. Ken Frampton is appointed Lecturer in Audio Signal Processing

Dr Anurag Agarwal is appointed Lecturer in Aeroacoustics.

Dr. Steve Dorney is appointed Schools Science Communicator and Co-ordinator.

Dr. Vaidyanathan is appointed Lecturer (joint ISVR and School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation post).

Victoria Robson is appointed Teaching Fellow in Hearing and Balance Centre.

Paolo Gardonio is promoted to Professor.

John Taylor retires as ISVR Resources Manager. Ged Goldsmith is appointed to take over.

Mike Fisher retires (for the second and final time).

Jeremy Astley is elected Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and Vibration.


New Building 19 completed and occupied by SOECIC and HFRU. HFRU lab includes a new 6-axis motion simulator for reproducing the motions, acoustic and thermal environments in transport. (Official opening in 2008, see below)

EU projects FLOCON and DREAM awarded to Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group, totalling £310,000.

Ultrasonics and Underwater Group secure a grant of US$1.4M to study high energy neutron generation.

Paul White and Tim Leighton awarded £140,000 by Qinetiq for studying the hazard posed by sonar to beaked whales.

Dec 2007: Publication of the National Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England (ANASE) study.

Ravi Vaidyanathan leaves.

Joe Hammond retires.

Emiliano Rustighi is promoted to a Lectureship in Biomechanics in Dynamics Group.

Emeritus Professor Denys Mead retires.

Brian Tester is named as co-inventor on a European patent awarded to Rolls- Royce in 2007 for the Afterbody Liner Concept.

Shouyan Wang is appointed as Lecturer.

Dr Yi Qiu is appointed as Lecturer.

Carl Verschuur is awarded his PhD and is responsible for MSc Audiology

Mike Griffin is awarded the R W B Stephens Medal for outstanding contributions to acoustical research and education.


Jan 2008: The new SOECIC and HFRU Building, Building 19, is opened by HRH, The Earl of Wessex. Video of the speeches by Vice Chancellor Bill Wakeham, Director Steve Elliott, and HRH The Earl of Wessex on the opening of the SOECIC and HFRU Building, Building 19.

Change in IT support structure. ISVR staff subsumed by central computing administration iSolutions.

Unit of Assessment 28 (the ISVR, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Manufacturing Engineering) is awarded a 4* Grade in the Research Assessment Exercise.

ISVR Consulting's marine and automotive activities (the former Auomotive Design Advisory Unit) move from Chilworth to the Rayleigh Laboratories in the Wolfson Building, with a new development laboratory including the 'Banger Rig' in the area formerly occupied by the engine tests cells.

New workshops and mechanical preparation area, new labs for Dynamics Group and underwater and ultrasonic studies.

Major EU funding for AUDIS (Digital Signal Processing in Audiology).

EPSRC grant (with Southampton General Hospital and the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia) to investigate new experimental procedures and improved data analysis for detecting patients at risk from inadequate blood supply to the brain.

Prof Tim Leighton (ISVR), in collaboration with Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation and Precision Acoustics Ltd (PAL), given the 'Medical and Healthcare' Award by 'The Engineer' for a new sensor that could revolutionise kidney stone therapy.

February 14, 2008: Prof Peter Davies dies.

March, 2008: Frank Fahy is awarded the Helmholtz Medal, the highest honour of DEGA, the German Acoustical Society, for ‘Outstanding contributions to research and education over the whole breadth of Engineering Acoustics’. He is the first foreigner to be so honoured in the first eleven years of the award of the Helmholtz medal.

Luigi De Mercato leaves.

Dr. Olie Baumann (SORIN Ltd.) is appointed Visiting Lecturer in Biomedical Signal Processing.

ISVR alumnus A. Harold Marshall, is made a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to acoustical science. 


Stuart Dyne leaves and Malcolm Smith is appointed Manager of ISVR Consulting.

EPSRC-funded projects:

  • Wave chaos approach to high frequency structural dynamics (with Univ. of Nottingham)
  • Estimation of structural dynamics parameters using Bayesian methods (collab. With S3R1).

Technology Strategy Board projects:

  • SYMPHONY (£720,000) with Rolls Royce, QinetiQ, Airbus, Bombardier, Universities of Cambridge and Loughborough.
  • SIOET (£189,000) with Rolls-Royce.

EU funded:

  • OPENAIR (£360,000) Development and testing of optimised acoustic liners for advanced turbofan engines.
  • ‘Green City Car’.

Tenth anniversary of the signing of the agreement between Rolls-Royce and the University of Southampton to commission the Gas Turbine Noise UTC.

ISVR alumnus A. Harold Marshall, accepts the title Knight Companion of the The New Zealand Order of Merit, KNZM, to become Sir Arthur Harold Marshall.

Prof Tim Leighton is awarded the RWB Stephens Medal of the Institute of Acoustics.

Ken Frampton and Paolo Gardonio leave.

Filippo Fazi is awarded a 5-year fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Brian Mace becomes Deputy Head of School (Education).

Chris Morfey retires as European Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sound and Vibration.


Aug 2010: SOECIC team conducts the UK’s first cochlear implant operation to give sound in both ears with one implant - web page
See also the BBC News report.

Prof R J (Jeremy) Astley becomes Director of the ISVR, taking over from Prof Elliott

Frank Fahy is elected by the Board of INCE/USA to become a Distinguished International Member of INCE.

Maurice Petyt publishes the second edition of his book “Introduction to Finite Element Vibration Analysis”


University of Southampton reorganises its structure from three faculties to eight - Article from Times Higher Education.

The ISVR becomes an Academic Unit in the new Faculty of Engineering and the Environment (FEE). Several administration and financial posts formerly in the ISVR are now shared with other former departments at a faculty level.  ISVR Consulting and SOECIC become Enterprise Units within the FEE, and along with the other Enterprise Units (WUMTIA, RIFI, and Southampton Wind Tunnels) report to the Associate Dean for Enterprise within the FEE.

The ISVR Annual Report for the Calendar Year 2010, published in 2011 shortly before the University reorganisation, is the last in the series which had been published every year since 1963.

Professor Tim Leighton of the ISVR and Dr Peter Birkin of the Chemistry Academic Unit receive the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation 2011 for the development of a cleaning nozzle which uses ultrasonics and bubbles in a low‑volume water stream for decontamination, debridement and cleaning.  Watch the Video on YouTube (6 min 48 s) or see the web page for further details.

May 30: Prof Phil Doak dies.

Sept: Prof Brian Mace leaves to become Professor of Mechatronics and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, NZ.


Jan 2012: SOECIC celebrates 21 years of providing life-changing technology - web page
SOECIC at 21 - Video on YouTube (2 min 52 s)

Article on BBC website: “Music computer programme for deaf launched

Prof Tim Leighton is awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Starstream technology developed by Prof Tim Leighton and Dr Peter Birkin (see entry for 2011) gains the 2012 Institute of Chemical Engineering Award for 'Water Management and Supply'


April 2013: SOECIC changes its name to University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (AIS). This reflects its wider range of activities.

July 11 and 12: 2013: 50th Anniversary Symposium.

September 1: Paul White takes over from Jeremy Astley as Director of the ISVR.

Elsevier publish a special issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration to commemorate Phil Doak.

Article on BBC Technology website about the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and work by Jeremy Astley: “How are aeroplanes getting quieter?”

Julie Brinton retires at the end of the year as Head of USAIS.

Emeritus Professor Chris Morfey receives the CEAS Aeroacoustics Award for 2011

ISVR Alumnus Sir Harold Marshall is awarded the Pickering Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the top award for achievement in technology, for his innovative research-based acoustical designs that have had a profound effect worldwide on the design of performance spaces for music.

The Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal (Acoustical Society of America), awarded to Prof Tim Leighton for contributions to Biomedical Acoustics, Physical Acoustics, and Acoustical Oceanography


Dr Carl Verschuur becomes head of USAIS.

Jan 30: More From Music - An Interactive Music Awareness Programme A new computer-based music rehabilitation programme to help cochlear implant users re-engage in music and to hear music more clearly is launched at the University of Southampton’s Auditory Implant Service.

Jan 28: Denys Mead dies peacefully at home in Southampton at the age of 88

Jan 30: Announcement that Professor Philip Nelson is appointed as chief executive and deputy chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), effective from April.

March: the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Group changes its name to the Acoustics Group.

March: The Institute of Acoustics announces that the 2014 Rayleigh Medal is awarded to Professor Tim Leighton.

May: Professor Tim Leighton is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.