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Paul W. Klipsch Museum at NMSU to hold open house Thursday

The Paul W. Klipsch Museum located in the Foreman Engineering Complex at New Mexico State University will be open for public tours from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

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A 1926 New Mexico State University graduate, Paul W. Klipsch pioneered audio systems. From 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, the Paul W. Klipsch Museum located in the Foreman Engineering Complex at NMSU will be open for public tours. (Courtesy photo)

Klipsch, a 1926 graduate of NMSU, pioneered audio systems by using scientific principles to develop a corner horn speaker that sounded more lifelike than any of its predecessors. In 1978, he was awarded the Audio Engineering Society’s Silver Medal for his contributions to speaker design and distortion measurement.

Several sets of the revolutionary speakers are on display in the museum and can be demonstrated. Exhibits include historical photos of Klipsch, many of his working papers containing his calculations and research results, and original publications containing articles by or about him. Additionally, the museum contains antique audio equipment owned by Klipsch, demonstrations of his various speaker designs, and awards he received.

Klipsch was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1997, he was inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, an honor shared by Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers and other distinguished individuals.

NMSU’s Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is named for Klipsch and his wife, Valerie. Over the years, they have established four departmental professorships and endowed scholarships that support more than 40 students each year.