Lecture – Changing the Lights…Changing the Sound
The Evolution of Sound Signals
Friday, October 28
6:00 – 8:00 pm
National Lighthouse Museum
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point
Staten Island, NY 10301
Join them on Friday, October 28th when Mr. Arnold Konheim will present Changing the Lights Changed the Sound : The Evolution of Sound Signals.
Automating lighthouses led to the automating of sound signals, because many sound signals were light stations. The focus of Mr. Konheim’s talk is that one of the consequences of automating lighthouses was the replacement of tone-rich signals with electronically generated pure-tone signals, which had all of the charm of a dial tone.The effects of the replacement on residents in lighthouse environs will also be examined.
Arnold Konheim is retired from the Federal Government where he started his career by addressing fog-signal issues at the Coast Guard.
For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Civil Aeronautics Board, he had an important place in analyzing and reducing environmental pollution. He finished his government career as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he had a key role in the resolving issues of national importance.
Mr. Konheim is now a docent at the Smithsonian Institution where he gives tours of the National Air and Space Museum.
He also continues his involvement in acoustics. In this regard, he just completed coordinating the U.S. position on a proposed international standard on shipboard noise.