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H. J. L. Struycken was a Dutch otolaryngologist, phonetician, and acoustician. After studying medicine in Groningen, in 1893 he started working at the Voorburg psychiatric hospital near Vught, where he attempted to distinguish psychiatric conditions from neurological speech disorders. His interest in phonetics and acoustics took Struycken to France and Germany, to visit clinics and approach instrument makers who could produce tuning forks for him to use in his clinical research.

1896
1950
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Jules Antoine Lissajous was a high-school teacher, then held prestigious administrative posts in the education system of various parts of France. He had trained in physics, and defended his dissertation on vibratory phenomena in 1850.

1822
1880
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Turner, Steven. 2012. “Introduction To Wave Models From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qm8WQgDlSg.
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Turner, Steven. 2012. “Introduction To Tuning Forks From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://youtu.be/arP0Jq35dws.
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2012. “Introduction To Resonance With Artifacts From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn93ure-Fa8.
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Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich. 2012. “Chladni Plate Demonstration From The National Museum Of American History”. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. https://youtu.be/KEttRmu2kGk.
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Chladni was a physicist whose work focused on experimental acoustics. He invented the “Chladni figure” and various instruments. Until his death, he continued to travel and present his inventions and findings to a wide audience.

1756
1827
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University of Michigan,. (13 October 2010AD) 2010. “Bowed Violin In Slow Motion”. Houghton, Michigan: Michigan Technological University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5bq6x_Tws.
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Son of a musician and a voice teacher, Pierre Schaeffer received a Catholic education, practiced theater as a boy scout, and learned to play the cello at the conservatory in Nancy. He chose to pursue engineering, gaining admission to the Polytechnique in 1929, where he continued his work in theater, followed by studies at the Supélec (top-ranked graduate school for electrical engineering).

1910
1995