Physicist, Deceased Person
1880 – 1952
Who was Alexander Behm?
Alexander Behm was a German physicist.
As head of a research laboratory in Vienna he conducted experiments concerning the propagation of sound. He tried to develop an iceberg detection system using reflected sound waves after the Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912. In the end reflected sound waves proved not to be suitable for the detection of icebergs but for measuring the depth of the sea, because the bottom of the sea reflected them well. Thus, echo sounding was born.
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