Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

Decades of Discovery

Pattern Playback

A schematic rendering of the Pattern Playback machine, which
converts pictures of the acoustic patterns of speech back into sound.

Decades of Discovery

Scores of researchers have contributed to scientific breakthroughs at Haskins Laboratories over the past seventy years. All of them are indebted to the pioneering work and inspiring leadership of Caryl P. HaskinsFranklin S. Cooper, and Alvin M. Liberman.

Some of the many discoveries and contributions made at Haskins Laboratories over the years are described in the following sections


• 1930s  1940s • 1950s • 1960s
• 1970s • 1980s  1990s • 2000s