On October 1st Australian audio industry icon (Dr Albert) Neville Thiele OAM passed away aged 91.
Within the audio industry he is best known for the Thiele Small loudspeaker parameters developed and published with his colleague Richard Small.
To this day the parameters are used all over the world by loudspeaker producers and are an essential part of the industry vernacular.
Neville never stopped working and gave generously of his time, particularly in the dissemination of knowledge. He published numerous technical papers, the likes of which were often published by the Audio Engineering Society, and until recently, he lectured on loudspeaker design at Sydney University.
For most of his life he kept a daily journal of his work and many would view this archive as an industry treasure.Article continues below
“Neville was a hero to some and an inspiration to many. He spent his life in research and development, and very few could match his accomplishments in creating and improving audio/visual entertainment and industrial technologies,” says Frank Hinton, President of the Australian Commercial Entertainment Technology Association (ACETA).