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Oral-History:Ron Schafer

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About Ron Schafer

Ron Schafer was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska on 17 February 1938. The son of second generation German immigrants, Schafer’s early interest and aptitude for math and science earned him a scholarship at Doane Collage in Crete, Nebraska. After earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Schafer went on to complete a Ph.D. at MIT. During his time at MIT Schafer was one of the first engineers to work with digital signal processing and his theories expanded the concept and applications of the cepstrum beyond the original work done by Turkey and Bogert. Schafer was later recruited by Bell Laboratories where he worked on the application of homomorphic signal processing ideas to the problem of Format Analysis in speech. Schafer became a full professor at Georgia Tech in 1974 and later co-authored a textbook on digital processing with Larry Rabiner.

About the Interview

RON SCHAFER: An Interview Conducted by Richard Nebeker, Center for the History of Electrical Engineering, 14 May  1998

Interview #343 for the Center for the History of Electrical Engineering, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Copyright Statement

This manuscript is being made available for research purposes only. All literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to the IEEE History Center. No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the Director of IEEE History Center.

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It is recommended that this oral history be cited as follows:

Ron Schafer, an oral history conducted in 1998 by Richard Nebeker, IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.


INTERVIEW: Ron Schafer
INTERVIEWER: Richard Nebeker
DATE: 14 May, 1998