In Memoriam

The University Remembers Professor David Blackstock

May 18, 2021

David T. Blackstock, a former electrical engineering faculty member here, passed away last month at the age of 91. David joined the department in 1963 and helped pioneer “weak shock theory” which became a key foundation for the field of nonlinear acoustics, says Kevin Parker, the William F. May Professor of Engineering and dean emeritus of engineering and applied sciences. David joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 but continued to return here for many years to teach graduate level Acoustics and Nonlinear Acoustics as a summer course. “His continued collaboration with Professor Ed Carstensen in the 1990s lead to a revolution in nonlinear imaging using medical ultrasound,” Kevin says. An icon in the Acoustical Society of America, David was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992. Memorial Donations may be made to UT’s recently established David T. Blackstock Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Acoustics. Read more here.

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