Paul Wilbur Klipsch

Engineer, Organization founder

1904 – 2002

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Who was Paul Wilbur Klipsch?

Paul Wilbur Klipsch was an American engineer and high fidelity audio pioneer, known for developing a high-efficiency folded horn loudspeaker. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs and early speaker systems, Klipsch used scientific principles to develop a corner horn speaker that sounded more lifelike than its predecessors.

The Klipschorn, which today is still manufactured and sold worldwide, proved popular. The resulting acoustics career of Klipsch spanned from 1946, when he founded one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, to 2000 when the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society published one of his papers. He died on May 5, 2002 at the age of 98.

Fred Klipsch, current Klipsch owner and chairman and cousin to founder Paul Wilbur Klipsch, said, “Paul was a verifiable genius who could have chosen any number of vocations, but the world sounds a lot better because he chose audio.”

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Born
Mar 9, 1904
Elkhart
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • New Mexico State University
  • Stanford University
Employment
  • Klipsch Audio Technologies
  • United States Army
  • General Electric
Lived in
  • Hope
Died
May 5, 2002
Hope

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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