Jiri Tichy was born in 1927 in the Czech Republic. His education is in electrical engineering and physics. He received in 1953 a Ph.D. from the Czech Technical University in Prague. In 1968 he transferred to the United States, where he became Professor of Acoustics at the Pennsylvania State University. This university established
in 1965 the Intercollege Graduate Program in Acoustics that was later reorganized as The Graduate Department of Acoustics in The College of Engineering. Since 1972 he served as the Head of this department for 25 years until his retirement. This department awarded several hundred Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in acoustics and is a major source of education in airborne and underwater sound, noise control, vibrations and signal processing. Also, this department provides continuing education in acoustics for students in industry and research organizations.
Jiri's principal interests are in Architectural Acoustics, Noise control, Acoustic Intensity Technique, Active Noise Control and Virtual Reality. He taught courses in Architectural and Building Acoustics, Theoretical Acoustics, Active Noise Control, Intensity Technique at Penn State, Czech Technical University in Prague and for various industries.
He published with his students 84 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings and presented 8 Keynote Lectures in the US, Japan, Chile, Brazil, France, Germany and Czech Republic. Also, he presented 28 Invited Papers and 69 Contributed Papers at various national and international conferences.
In 1999, he organized the first joint international meeting of the Acoustical Society of America with the European Acoustical Association that was held in Berlin, Germany. This was the largest meeting on acoustics that took place in the previous century. In addition he organized or co-organized 7 National or International meetings on Active Control of Sound, and symposia on Sound Intensity Technique for industry.
Jiri's involvement with professional societies is quite intensive. His home society is the Acoustical Society of America. He served or chaired many of its professional comities such as Medals and Awards, Architectural Acoustics, Noise, Publication Policy and others. He was elected a Fellow and in 1994-1995 he became the President of the Society. For his contributions to acoustics and its education the society awarded him the Gold medal, the most distinguished award the Society is giving.
Another important society is the Audio Engineering Society that is particularly involved in the most of the topics covered in this book. He was elected the Fellow of the society and serves as a member of the Architectural Acoustics and the Standards committee.
Other Societies he is involved with is The Institute of Noise Control Engineering, (1986-1987) President, among other functions. The Czech Acoustical Society elected him a Honorary Member of the Society. Also, he is a member of the Acoustical Society of Japan and the New York Academy of Sciences.