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Henry Cox awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America

Acoustical Society of America

Melville (NY), 2 June 2015--Henry Cox, Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin, has been awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for fundamental and practical contributions to array signal processing, underwater acoustics, and sonar systems engineering. The award was presented at the 169th meeting of the ASA on 20 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal is presented to individuals for contributions to the advancement of science, engineering, or human welfare through the application of acoustic principles, or through research accomplishments in acoustics specifically for work that overlaps more than one technical area.

"To receive the Helmholtz-Rayleigh award for interdisciplinary contributions named after two great pioneers of acoustics is especially gratifying. I am honored to have my name included among the previous awardees, some of whom have been my heroes. My work has indeed been interdisciplinary. It has involved learning from and collaboration with many colleagues who deserve a piece of this award. I want to thank the society, the awards committee and particularly those members who were kind enough to nominate me for this important honor. I am excited about my current work and looking forward to continued active participation in the Acoustical Society of America. Thank you," said Cox.

Henry Cox earned a B.S. from Holy Cross College and an ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been with Lockheed Martin since 2003 when it merged with the ORINCON Corporation which he had joined in 1991. At ORINCON, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and a member of the board of directors. After retiring from the US Navy as Captain USN in 1981, he joined Bolt Beranek and Newman where he spent ten years as Divisional Vice President. Prior to retiring from the US Navy, he held a number of R&D positions including the Project Manager for the Undersea Surveillance Project, Division Director at DARPA, Officer in Charge of the New London Laboratory of the Naval Underwater Systems Center, an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Head of the Sonar Advanced Development and Sonar Technology Divisions of the Naval Ships Systems Command.

Dr. Cox is a fellow of ASA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. He was awarded the David Taylor Award for Scientific Achievement in 1967 and the Gold Medal of the American Society of Naval Engineers in 1980. In 1991 he received the Distinguished Technical Achievement Award of the Ocean Engineering Society. He was elected a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow in 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014. In 2007, he was awarded the NDIA Martell-Bushnell Award for technical contributions to Undersea Warfare in 2007 and the Captain Joseph P. Kelly award for lifetime contributions to the Navy Undersea Surveillance Program in 2009.


The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America--the world's leading journal on acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The Society also holds two major scientific meetings per year. For more information contact: Elaine Moran, 516-576-2360, or visit our website at

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