Collection OH077 - Ira J. Hirsh Oral History


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Ira J. Hirsh Oral History


  • January 12, 2006 (Creation)


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Dr. Ira Jean Hirsh (1922-2010) was an American psychologist who made early contributions to the field of audiology. Hirsh earned an AB (1942) from the New York State College for teachers, a master's degree (1943) at the Northwestern University College of Speech, and a PhD in experimental psychology (1948) at Harvard University. He then worked at the Psychoacoustics Laboratory at Harvard from 1948-1951.

Hirsch moved to St. Louis in 1952 to work at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) as assistant director of research. During this time at CID, he also held the position of research professor of audiology in the department of otolarygology at the Washington University School of Medicine from 1952-1985. He eventually was promoted to the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Audiology at Washington University. He was also promoted to director of research at CID, and served briefly as director of CID from 1992-1994.

Additionally, Hirsh served as president of the Acoustical Society of America (1967-1968), and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1979 for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research in the perception of speech.

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Interviewed by Mara Mills in 2006. Approximate Length: 72 minutes.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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