Nathaniel I. Durlach is a senior lecturer in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He studied at St. John’s College from 1943 to 1945, and then received the B.A. from Bard College in 1950 and the M.A. in mathemetics from Columbia University in 1954. He then conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University from 1956 to 1957 in psychology and biology.
Mr. Durlach joined RLE in 1963. He is an author or co-author of approximately 100 journal articles, an active reviewer of articles for professional journals (e.g., Science, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Hearing Research, Perception and Psychophysics) and of proposals for governmental funding agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation Air Force Office of Scientific Research). Mr. Durlach is a recipient of the Silver Medal award from the Acoustical Society of America, was the Chair of the committee formed by the National Academy of Sciences to establish a national agenda for R & D on teleoperator and virtual environment systems, and is been both a director of and consultant to a number of technology companies concerned with measurement and/or enhancement of human sensorimotor performance. Mr. Durlach is an Editor-in-Chief of the MIT Press journal PRESENCE, the first journal for serious investigators of teleoperators and virtual environments, incorporating perspectives from physics to philosophy.