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Like their speakers or not Paul Klipsch has done a tremendous amount for HT and speakers.

From Klipsch.com:

The life of Paul W. Klipsch

A memorial letter from CEO Fred S. Klipsch

Washington Post:


Paul W. Klipsch Acoustics Engineer


Paul W. Klipsch, 98, who pioneered high-quality audio systems with the company he founded in Hope, Ark., died May 5 in Little Rock. The cause of death was not reported.


An engineer with patents in acoustics, ballistics and geophysics, he founded his company in 1946. He created a corner, horn-loaded speaker design that is still in production. The sound moves from the speaker and uses the walls of the room to effectively extend the horn, creating a rich sound that can emulate an orchestral setting.


Klipsch Audio Technologies, now headquartered in Indianapolis, makes specialty speakers for the home, including systems for computers and commercial outlets, such as cinemas and the Hard Rock Cafe chain.

Associated Press:


Paul W. Klipsch: Founder of high-quality audio systems company

05/06/2002


Associated Press



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Paul W. Klipsch, who pioneered high-quality audio systems with the company he founded in Hope, died Sunday. He was 98.


Mr. Klipsch became enamored with audio as a boy after his mother moved the family phonograph into a corner and the sound improved, a company spokesman said. An engineer with patents in acoustics, ballistics and geophysics, Mr. Klipsch founded the company that bears his name in 1946.


Mr. Klipsch created a corner, horn-loaded speaker design that is still in production. The sound moves from the speaker and uses the walls of the room to effectively extend the horn, creating a rich sound that can emulate an orchestral setting.


Born in Elkhart, Ind., in 1904, Mr. Klipsch was stationed at the Hope Proving Grounds during World War II. While in the Army there, he worked to refine the design of his folded corner woofer, the prototype of the "Klipschorn."


He settled in Hope, where, after the war, he bought a building at the old proving grounds and manufactured his first Klipschorn. The building is now the Klipsch Museum of Audio History, with the manufacturing plant nearby.


The company has headquarters in Indianapolis.


After receiving his undergraduate degree, Mr. Klipsch worked for General Electric designing radios, and later he maintained electric locomotives in Chile for the company. After leaving Stanford, he worked in Texas as a geophysicist for an oil company. In the Army, he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.


Mr. Klipsch patented his loudspeaker design in 1945.
 
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