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MS 373 Papers of Professor P.E.Doak relating to the Turner Sims Memorial Hall


Professor Phillip Ellis Doak

Professor Phillip Ellis Doak (1921- ) was born in the American Mid West and commenced studies at the University of North Dakota, where his parents were both lecturers, before studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. After graduating in 1942, Doak enlisted in US Army, serving in the Signal Corps. After the war, he studied physics at Oklahoma University, completing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 1948. He then undertook research in room acoustics at the Acoustics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a US Navy funded assistantship. His articles in a student magazine whilst at North Dakota having brought him to the attention of Senator McCarthy's investigator, Doak undertook the remaining year of his studentship to Manchester University. He was ICI research fellow in the department of Applied Mathematics, 1951-4, and held a research appointment at the Mechanics of Fluid Laboratory, 1954-8, before becoming lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Liverpool University, 1958-1962. Doak was recruited as a founder member of the newly formed ISVR at the University of Southampton in 1962, as the Hawker Siddeley Lecturer in Acoustics and Vibration. He was editor and later editor emeritus of Journal of Sound and Vibration for 40 years. He was British Aerospace Professor at Southampton until 1982/3, when he took early retirement.

Turner Sims Concert Hall 

In 1967, Miss Margaret Grassam Sims left the University a bequest which enabled the building of the Turner Sims Concert Hall. Phil Doak and staff from ISVR designed the acoustics for the new hall.

About the collection

File of correspondence, notes of meetings; notes, 1969-72, 1977; plans, 1969-72; questionnaires from an acoustic test of the hall with an audience presence, 1970s; copy photographs of construction of the building and of interior, 1970s; magnetic tape of Turner Sims reverberation test, 1974; carpet samples for use in the Hall, 1970s.

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