Research oceanographer emeritus Frederick H. Fisher, a researcher in underwater sound transmission, has been selected as a recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Third Millennium Medal by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES).

The IEEE will award Millennium Medals to individuals selected "for outstanding contributions in their respective areas of activity."

Fisher will be honored Sept. 12 at the Oceans 2000 Exhibition & Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, for service as the OES journal editor.

Fisher's previous honors from the IEEE OES include the Distinguished Service Award (1991) and the Distinguished Technical Achievement
Award (1996).

Fisher's 40-year career included researching acoustics in the ocean, chemical sound absorption, and electrolytic conductivity. He was scientific officer and co-designer of the 355-foot FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), playing a key role in working out the "flipping" operation with 35-foot, 1/10-scale models.

Fisher has been the principal investigator for various grants and contracts related to sound propagation measurements. He has published more than 60 journal articles and received three patents.

A native of Seattle, Fisher received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Washington. He has been a member of the Scripps community since 1955, the year he joined the Marine Physical Laboratory as a graduate
research physicist.

His career at Scripps has included positions as assistant and associate
research physicist; research oceanographer; and associate and deputy director of the Marine Physical Laboratory.

A fellow and former president of the Acoustical Society of America, Fisher served as an associate editor for the society's journal and on various society acoustics technical committees.

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