Bob Peters receives the Institute's RWB Stephens Medal
Credit: Institute of Acoustics Acoustic Bulletin
Bob Peters has been awarded the Institute's RWB Stephens Medal, which is given in alternate years for "outstanding contributions to acoustics research or education". He received the award from the President, Bridget Shield, at Acoustics 2013 in Nottingham. Below is her citation.
Dr Robert Peters, known to everyone as Bob, has been active in research, teaching and consultancy in acoustics for nearly 50 years. It is for his extensive and outstanding work in acoustics education that he has been awarded the R W B Stephens Medal. This award is particularly appropriate as Professor Stephens was Bob's PhD supervisor at Imperial College in the late 1960s; he was also Bob's proposer when he first joined the IOA in 1977, and again when he was elected as a Fellow in 1980.
Bob's early career was spent doing research, first in underwater acoustics at Imperial College (leading to his PhD) and subsequently with CAV (Lucas) Ltd studying diesel engines.
Much of Bob's teaching career was spent at North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT) where, among many other responsibilities, he developed short courses in acoustics and noise control and taught on the IOA Diploma and Certificate courses. Bob has also acted as guest lecturer at many other institutions, teaching acoustics to undergraduate and postgraduate students on a range of courses. After retiring from NESCOT in 1997, he embarked on a career in consultancy, while continuing to teach part time at several colleges and universities, and as a tutor on the IOA Diploma distance learning course. He was a leading member of the Diploma revision team, writing the notes for the General Principles of Acoustics and project modules, and has been the project examiner for several years.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people working in acoustics today will have been taught by Bob at some stage of their career. He is held in high regard and with great affection by past and current students and colleagues. Not only is he recognised as an outstanding teacher, for both his teaching style and extensive knowledge, but he is also extraordinarily generous in the time and support he personally offers to students. Bob has also written influential and popular text books in acoustics. His most well-known book is Acoustics and Noise Control (now in its third edition), which was originally designed as a text book to accompany the IOA Diploma course but is also used extensively by students on other courses.
As well as developing and delivering IOA courses, Bob has contributed enormously to the life of the Institute in many other ways over the past 40 years. He has been chair of the Industrial Noise Group, chair of the London branch, chair of the Workplace Noise Certificate Committee and chair of the Education Committee. In these roles he has organised many IOA conferences. He has also been a member of Council and the Vice President for Groups and Branches, and continues to serve as a valued member of Education Committee.
Bob has also played a leading role in developing noise and vibration policy at a national and international level, through membership of various BSI, CIBSE and I-INCE committees.
For his distinguished and dedicated work in acoustics education, through which he has inspired many generations of students, the Institute is delighted to award the RWB Stephens Medal to Dr Robert Peters.
Please see the Meet the Team section for more information about Dr Bob Peters.