Robert Bobber was considered a hero locally and a scientific leader internationally. Bobber was invited to lecture at MIT and a NATO Advanced Study Institute, as well as teaching graduate courses at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida.
Bobber wrote the book, Underwater Electrical Acoustic Measurements, which was considered to be the textbook for the Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory. Sonar physicist Vincent Benedetti said, “Bobber was the real hero of the lab and his book was the bible for the lab.”
Physicist Robert J. Bobber and the contributions he made to Orlando and to our country are detailed in this February 23, 2009 Orlando Sentinel article.
Learn more about the history of scientific work accomplished at the Bureau of Standards for underwater sound in this excerpt from an oral history interview with the sonar physicist who served as Head of the Anechoic Tank Facility at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Vincent Benedetti.