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Obituary | Robert Hickling | 1931-201 7
Robert Hickling, Fellow of the sis, and applications and electromagnetic radiation to stiinu—
Acoustical Society of America late engine combustion that resulted in several US patents.
(ASA),’ Pessed away Pence’ In late 1988, Bob took early retirement from the General Mo-
fully in his home in Hunting- . . .
tors Research Laboratory and }01Iled the National Center for
ton Woods, M1, on October 16, . . . . . . . .
_ Physical Acoustics (NCPA) at the University of Mississippi,
2017, shortly before his 86th . . .
_ _ where he became associate director for applied research
b1rthdaY' Bob was aretlredtecl-1- and research rofessor of en ineerin At the NCPA Bob
nical fellow from the General P g. g' , ’ .
worked on underwater acoustics as well as insect acoustics
Motors Research Laboratory’ to detect pests in agriculture and acoustic communication
Warren, MI; a retired professor . .
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ by ants, in which he measured ant sounds and developed a
from the University of Mississippi, Oxford; and an mdepen— . . .
dent acoustic Consultant near—field theory of communication by ants and possibly by
' other insects. In 1996, Bob retired from the NCPA and con-
Borri on oetober 23’ 193l_ in l301ogria_ Italy, Bob grew up in tinued to provide consulting on sound intensity measure-
seetlarid arid graduated with 3 MA degree in Pure and ar,_ ment through his company, Sonometrics, Inc., including the
plied mathematics from the University of st_ Andrews, 5eet_ 2016 publication of the book Sound—Power Flow: A Practitio-
1-‘irid, UK. He theri worked as a Scientific Oflieer in the Royal nerk Handbook for Sound Intensity that summarizes many of
Naval Scientific Service, Teddington, UK, and subsequently his 3ee°1nPnShment5-
transferred to the Underwater Detection Establishment, Port- Bob was also a Fellow of the American Society oi: Mechanical
and’ Dorset’ UK’ where he wmked °n dasslfied Sena’ ta-I‘ Engineers, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and the
gets. Later, he attended the California Institute of Technology, Society of Automotive Ehgiheem He is survived hi, his three
Pasadena: CA» Where he graduated with 3 PhD in engineer‘ children, Rebecca, Nathan, and David andwillbe truly missed
ing 5eienee> 5Peei3-filing in e°n1Pnte1' an31Y5i5 °fPT°b1en15 in by his close colleagues from General Motors and the NCPA.
underwater acoustic scattering and cavitation bubble collapse
and intensity using numerical simulation and experimental selected References by Robert Hickling
methods, resulting in numerous publications. Hickling. R. (1958). Frequency dependence of echoes from bodies of dif-
ferent shape. flze Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 30(2), 137-
In 1965, Bob joined the General Motors Research Labora- 139- if f d
. . . . . . . Hi klin R. 1963 . E th al ' ' lutnin .
tory’ where he linitlauy Wofleed on light Scattermg by hquld Ilcie Iofmal L(7ftI1e itcou:t‘::loSoci:;/I?)fAi::ri:cfi:El7)lfl9233,74. escence
droplets) head mlury enter“: and focused Pulsed lasers as Hickling, R. (2016). Sound-PowerFlow:APmctitioner§ Handbaokforsaund
well as his favorite topics of underwater acoustic scatter- Intensity. Morgan and Claypool Publishers, San Rafael. CA.
ing and cavitation. In 1971, he formed an acoustic research Hickling’ K’ “d B'°‘”“' R" @000)" A““lV5i5 “f “°°“5fi‘ °°“‘m““i°afi°“ by
, , , aims. The Ioumal of the Acoustical Society ofAmericu 108(4), 1920- 1929.
group that produced many innovative techniques at General Hickling_ R, and Kamal, M, M. (Eds.). (1982). Engine Noise: Excitation, Vi-
Motors such as the first automotive applications of the newly bmtion, and Rad,'a;ion_ plenum press, New York
developed Fourier analyzers and experimental modal analy—  
sis; the two—microphone acoustic intensity and impeda.nce- written by;
tube measurement techniques; air bag design, deployment, shung 1-1_ (sue) sung
and noise; tire noise measurement; and numerical methods Email; 3H5ung@a01_com
for acoustic radiation analysis. In 1981, Bob co-organized a Donald ], Nefske
symposium at the General Motors Research Laboratory on Email; DNefske@a01.c0m
“Engine Noise: Excitation, Vibration, and Radiation” that in— General Motors Research gr Development Center,
cluded many well-known and distinguished experts. He also warren, M1
worked on the use of ultrasound in manufacturing, diagno—  
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