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John Backus (acoustician)

John Graham Backus (April 29, 1911 – October 28, 1988) was an American physicist and acoustician.

John Backus was born and raised in Acoustical Society of America in 1986. Backus died in Los Angeles in 1988.

John Backus was a Renaissance man who in addition to music and physics was a highly skilled mountaineer. The Sierra Club's Hundred Peaks List contains approximately 275 summits, and John was the first person to ascend every mountain on the list six times.[1] He was also the first person to lead every peak on the list,[2] among his many hiking and climbing accomplishments.


  1. ^ "Sixth List Completion — Hundred Peaks Section — Sierra Club — Angeles Chapter". Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "First Leadership List Completion — Hundred Peaks Section — Sierra Club — Angeles Chapter". Retrieved April 24, 2014. 


  • Campbell, Murray. 2001. "Backus, John (Graham)". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan.

External links

  • The John Backus Archive at CCRMA, Stanford University.

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