Dick Bowdler Noise consultant

About Dick Bowdler


I work as a noise consultant in a few specialist fields outlined on this website.  I am a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Physicist and was one of the original members of the Institute of Acoustics when it was founded in 1974. I have been a Fellow of the Institute since 1977. In 2022 I was awarded the Institute of Acoustics Engineering Medal in recognition of my outstanding contributions to research and developments in the field of engineering acoustics.

After leaving University with a degree in Physics, I joined Theatre Workshop at Stratford East where I stage-managed their shows, including ‘Oh What a lovely War’, taking it to the West End, East and West Germany and New York’s Broadway.

This resulted in my working for the Architect Cedric Price, advising on lighting and acoustics.

In 1970 I joined Sandy Brown Associates, one of the UK’s first acoustic consultancy firms, and became a Partner in 1973. Sandy Brown was also a world famous jazz clarinettist.

1974, SBA, as they came to be known, set up their Scottish Office, which I ran for 13 years , before leaving to form New Acoustics with Colin Frier in 1987.

Since 2009, I have been working on my own account as described elsewhere and I also organised conferences for INCE/Europe on Wind Turbine Noise between 2015 and 2023.

FerryBorn in Lincolnshire, I have lived in Scotland for nearly 50 years. I have walked much of the Scottish mainland and islands including 80 Munros – hence the pictures!

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