Audio Engineering Community Tributes to Julian Dunn
The following long list of tributes to Julian Dunn attest to the bredth and depth of Julian's influence in the audio engineering community. His many contributions to the advancement of the industry and the high respect of his peers is evident on reading these messages.

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Journal of the Audio Engineering Society - In Memoriam. April 2003 Vol 51, Number 4

Neville Thiele Australia
Eelco Grimm Fairytapes, The Netherlands
Colin Whitby-Strevens Apple
Takeo Tamamoto
John Robinson
Tim Shelton
Todd Krieger

Peter Johansson Congruent Software Inc, Berkeley, CA
Michal Jurewicz Mytek Inc.
Clif Sanchez, Oasis Silicon Systems
Francis Rumsey
Bob Moses Seattle, WA
Michael Karagosian
Tim Thompson, Kurzweil Music/Young Chang R&D, Waltham, MA
Junichi Yoshio, Pioneer
Yoshio OSAKABE, Sony Corporation
Richard Foss, Rhodes University, South Africa
Guy W McNally, Pinnacle Systems, Mountain View, CA
Jun-ichi Fujimori, mLAN Project Leader, Yamaha Corporation
Miho Nakamura, mLAN Project, Yamaha Corporation
Ian Dennis, Prism Sound
Doug Carson, Chairman/CEO DCA Inc.
Bill Foster, Understanding & Solutions
Bernie Spratt
Howard Jones, TL Audio
Jim Dowler, ADT
Phil Darke, TL Audio

Peter Craven
Kim Rishøj, TC Electronic

Thomas Lund,
TC Electronic
Bob Katz, Digital Domain
Al Miksch, Audio Precision
David Solomon, Audio Precision
Bob Snelgrove, GerrAudio Distribution Inc, Canada
Tom Kite, Audio Precision
Michele Tansey, Audio Precision
Wayne Jones,
Audio Precision
David Mathew, Audio Precision
Stefano Nuñez, and the team of Dr.W.A.Günther Audio Systems AG Switzerland
Toyo Corporation, Koichiro Fukumoto, President and Audio Precision sales members
Man Li, Gelec (HK) Limited, Hong Kong
Thimios Koliokotsis,
General Sales Manager, KEM Electronics
Jim Smith, BSI Business Information, London W4
John Nunn, Chairman, AES Standards Committee
Wieslaw Woszczyk, Chair, AES Technical Council
Mark Yonge, Audio Engineering Society, Standards Manager
John Woodgate, chairman of BSI EPL/100
Chris Chambers. BBC R&D
Bob Finger, Panasonic
at Philips
Steve Harris
Chris Cadogan.
Jim Brown,
Audio Systems Group, Chicago
Kim Popat
John Strawn,
S Systems Inc.
Werner Bachmann, CEO Neutrik AG
Michael Goodman, Managing Director, CEntrance
Jaye Waas, Sierra Automated Systems Corp., California, U.S.A.
Allen Goldstein, A.D. Pro Design Engineering, Seattle, WA
Michael Keyhl, Vice-Chair SC-02-01, CEO, OPTICOM GmbH, Erlangen, Germany
Robin Caine
Robert van der Hilst
Allen Mornington-West
Greg & Cathie Groeper, WAVNet, Inc. Chicago, IL USA
Martin Danvers
Christopher Hicks
Kendall Castor-Perry
David Josephson
Josephson Engineering, Santa Cruz, CA
David Birt

From:             Neville Thiele

Date:             Thu, 30 Jan 2003 05:39:23 +1100

Julian's death is an enormous loss to all of us who knew him, from his days in BBC Designs Department to his great work in AES Standards. We will remember him as much for his personal kindness as for his professional ability and dedication. He very much earned the friendship and respect of all of us who knew him.

Please convey my sympathy to his wife and family.

Neville Thiele

From:            Eelco Grimm

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 15:56:42 +0100

What a sad, sad news. It truly makes me feel bad. I heard he was seriously ill quite some time ago, and I have been hoping for his return to this list and at AES shows ever since. It has been a great pleasure discussing all kinds of audio related things with him and indeed I'm sure he will be missed by the entire audio industry. My thoughts are with his relatives, and I hope they will feel the respect we shared for Julian.


Eelco Grimm
Fairytapes, The Netherlands

From:           Colin Whitby-Strevens

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:34:56 -0800

This is indeed very sad news.

Julian was a highly respected colleague and will be missed. He developed a unique expertise in digital audio, and it is fitting that there are countless millions whose enjoyment of music will be enhanced as a result of Julian’s gentle education of his engineering colleagues and his contributions to the understanding of the state of the art.

Colin Whitby-Strevens

From:           Takeo Tamamoto

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 14:13:56 +0900

I am deeply sad hearing news that Julian has passed 23rd January. We, all members from Japan, have sincere thanks to his support when we proposed standardization of higher sampling frequency. This is the foundation of the 96kHz sampling frequency used in DVD‑Video Disc and DVD-Audio Disc.  We miss an excellent audio and standard expert.

Please convey our sincere condolences to Julian's family.

Takeo Tamamoto

From:            John Robinson

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:25:47 -0000

We have lost a great bloke.

John Robinson

From:           W. T. Shelton

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 05:36:34 -0500

I was very sorry to hear the sad news that Julian had passed away. Like everyone else who knew of his illness, I hoped very much that he would recover. Please convey my sympathies to Julian's wife and to his family.

Although it is a long time since we all left the BBC, I remember the days when Julian joined Designs Department, and the particular brand of sagacity he brought then, and indeed throughout his life, to his technical work. I remember too his persistence in tackling problems from fundamentals, and the quiet and determined way he would pursue his viewpoint. It seems to me that he was not only very successful, but he was also very much respected in his chosen field. And this was undoubtedly so in Audio Engineering Society circles - where we have continued to meet over the years - both technically, and in the social round of conventions and standards meetings. I very much valued his friendship and I know he will be greatly missed by his colleagues.

Tim Shelton

From:           Todd Krieger

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 11:59:31 -0700

My deepest condolences. He was the one digital designer who in‑my‑opinion truly raised the bar in D/A processing. I've owned a Prism DAC for the past four years, and don't have plans on switching that component any time soon.

Todd Krieger

From:           Peter Johansson

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:31:47 -0800

I knew Julian but little, but enjoyed his company and appreciated what I sensed to be his great store of personal and professional integrity. I am saddened by the news of his passing, and will miss him. Please let his family know I grieve for their loss and hope that Julian continues to inhabit their memories as a dear, living presence.

My last memories of Julian are sampling many fine Belgian beers together in Brussels ...

Peter Johansson
Congruent Software Inc, Berkeley, CA

From:           Michal Jurewicz

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 21:20:55 -0600

I always had the highest respect for Julian for his uncompromised believe in science and scientific methods. I had a great respect for him for not dismissing casual evidence about "sound quality" even if it was very hard to believe, but rather going the full length to investigate its mathematical and empirical merits.

He was a real scientist with great contributions to digital audio theory. He will be deeply missed.

Michal Jurewicz
Mytek Inc.

From:            Clif Sanchez

Date:            Fri, 31 Jan 2003 17:23:19 -0600

I was certainly shocked and saddened by the news. Since I didn't even know he was sick, it was really a massive shock. Although I haven't seen him in a long time, I still consider his departure as a great loss in my life.

Please send my condolences to Carol and let her know that he will be missed and not forgotten in my lifetime.

Clif Sanchez
Oasis Silicon Systems

From:           Francis Rumsey

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 08:54:06 +0000

I was truly gutted to hear of Julian’s death.

I came to know Julian some years back through AES work, writing books, standards committees and so forth. 'Mr Jitter' was always careful and knew his stuff. I would like to pay tribute to the contributions he made to the understanding of digital audio and to humanity more broadly.

Francis Rumsey

From:           Bob Moses

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 10:57:19 -0800

This is terrible and devastating news. Please pass on to Julian's family my heart-felt condolences. Julian was a world-class guy in every way. I consider it a great honor to have known him as a friend and a colleague, and it will take a long time to get over his loss. What are we going to do without him?  :-(

Bob Moses
Seattle, WA

From:           Michael Karagosian

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 11:59:41 -0800

This is indeed very sad news. It has been several years since I last spoke with Julian. I always looked forward to our conversations. Unfortunately, I had no idea of his illness.

Julian was a champion in both diplomacy and technology, which we all know to be a rare set of skills. I for one certainly benefited from his guidance, and it saddens me to think I will not hear his pleasant voice again.

Please give my condolences to Carol and family.

With warm regards,

Michael Karagosian

From:            Tim Thompson

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:31:00 -0500

I will miss Julian greatly. He was kind, thoughtful, and brilliant. I loved the way he could be serious and then make me laugh when I least expected it. I learned a lot from him. Thanks, Julian.


Tim Thompson
Kurzweil Music/Young Chang R&D, Waltham, MA

From:           Junichi Yoshio

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:05:19 +0900

Julian Dunn was a great English man, and I thank him very much for his understanding and his help. It was about 7 years work with him in IEC and AES. I heard his death yesterday. Please convey my condolences to Julian's family.

Today I will have a small meeting in Japan National Committee, members are Osakabe, Fujimori, Furukawa and many, we will pray silently for Julian Dunn.

Junichi Yoshio

From:           Yoshio OSAKABE

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 16:07:30 +0900

The news of Julian's passing is a great sorrow for all members of JEITA Interface Standard Group in Japan. How he meant to us, and how much we miss him and his efforts at IEC and AES activities.

I cannot forget his jolly smile, witty conversation and good spirits at meetings with us. I expected to see him at the next IEC meeting this November in London. I am very sorry to lose such a knowledgeable and intelligent person in our circle.

Very sincerely,

Sony Corporation

From:           Richard Foss

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 14:13:50 +0200

Please would you pass on my condolences to Julian's family.

I have often benefitted from Julian's extensive and in-depth knowledge, which he shared in a way that simultaneously corrected and encouraged. I will miss his honesty and his wisdom.

Richard Foss
Rhodes University, South Africa

From:           Guy McNally

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:03:20 -0800

I am very saddened by this news.

Julian and I knew each other mainly through the AES, even though our careers overlapped at the BBC. We always enjoyed reviving the BBC Designs/Research Departments feud, but only for some sarcasm and historical perspective. I really will miss his dry sense of humour!

Please convey my condolences to Julian’s wife and family.

Guy W McNally
Pinnacle Systems, Mountain View, CA

From:            Jun-ichi Fujimori

Subject:        Re: Julian Dunn

Date:            Sat, 01 Feb 2003 15:42:42 +0900

I am so surprised and shocked to hear this news. Would you pass on my condolences to Julian's family.

Julian often suggested me excellent ideas and technology. And his contribution to several standards should be greatly appreciated. I am sincerely sorry to hear Julian passed.

Jun-ichi Fujimori
mLAN Project Leader, Yamaha Corporation

From:           Miho Nakamura

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 15:19:25 +0900

We have just heard of your great loss.

Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Miho Nakamura
mLAN Project, Yamaha Corporation

From             Ian Dennis

Date:            Sun, 2 Feb 2003 17:48:40 -0000

I was privileged to know Julian Dunn for fifteen years, and to work closely with him at Prism Sound for nine years, from 1989 to 1998, when he left to start his own company, Nanophon Ltd.

In Julian's early years at Prism, our main activity was consultancy and contract R&D, developing advanced digital audio products for a wide range of client companies. Julian was especially talented in this line of business, calling as it does for such broadly-ranging knowledge and skills. Among his first consultancy projects were a digital audio format converter and processor for ADT, and a variable-delay processor for synchronising digital audio to video, for AMS. As with so many of these early projects, it's sometimes easy to forget just how innovative they were, since so many of the techniques Julian pioneered back then are taken so much for granted today.

Most notably of all, Julian led the development of a huge digital audio system to deliver the commentary and talkback for the Barcelona Olympics. This system consisted of 160 inputs and 160 outputs, with all crosspoints capable of independently variable gain under computer control. Practically everyone in the industry had already turned it down, since it verged on the impossible given the technology of the day. By the time Prism took on the contract, only about 16 weeks of development time remained. This was one of our most pressing deadlines ever, since the organisers were apparently unwilling to delay the games if we were late! We were put under some of the most dire penalty clauses I have ever seen during my time in the business; we were probably mad to take it on at all. I will always remember this project as 'Julian in his element', pushing forward the state-of-the-art, calmly and single-mindedly, despite the extreme pressure we were under. The project was completed on time, and performed faultlessly throughout the Olympics; it was then put into production by Philip Drake Electronics as a flexible large-scale intercom system, leading the capabilities of the products of the day by a huge margin. As far as I know, derivatives of the system are still in production today, and many are certainly still in use around the world.

Later, when the decision was taken within Prism Sound to move into development and manufacture of our own products, Julian was again in the thick of it. One of our first products was the AD-1 converter, which was an immediate success amongst the most discerning of studio users. It quite simply sounded much better than any converter previously available. As with so many ground-breaking designs, its success was partly based on some very clever innovation and partly on a thorough and workmanlike approach to all parts of the design. So clever was the innovative element, that many competitors have subsequently 'invented' the technique, unaware that it was originally Julian's brainchild over ten years ago! The AD-1 was followed by its counterpart, the DA-1, and subsequently by the unrivalled AD-2 and DA-2 in the late 1990s. These last were to some extent the end of an era, so determined was Julian that their performance should be, quite simply, the best that was technically possible. Nowadays these products are still widely acknowledged as the finest converters available; I think they will remain so for quite some time, since the laws of physics change little from year to year, and the motivation of companies is now less and less to pursue excellence, regardless of how long it takes or how much it costs. In fact, our respective denominations of this religion were often the cause of some 'vigorous debate'. I don't know if many other companies could have shared Julian's 'no-compromise' philosophy as completely as Prism did, but even as I write this I am reminded of occasions where Julian and I would argue about this or that 'extra mile' which he wanted to travel, the validity of which I sometimes questioned. Then, as ever, Julian would put his point forcefully yet calmly, and I think I can honestly say he always talked me round. In this, as in so many other respects, I learned a lot from him - I never later regretted travelling those extra miles with Julian, and certainly the audio community noticed: just surf a few newsgroups frequented by those to whom top-quality audio really matters, and it won't be long before you see Julian's name or read some effusive praise for those converters.

Having worked in this strange industry of ours for nearly 25 years, I have met many talented people but few (if any) as gifted as Julian. His expertise was all the more impressive extending as it did into so many areas of digital and analogue audio engineering, and indeed far beyond into many other unrelated areas of science. It was probably his 'all round' scientific knowledge and his depth of understanding which allowed him to bring such wisdom and innovation to his work in audio. I will miss him. It's going to be strange in future, whenever something new and interesting in audio comes along, not to have Julian to dissect it with.

Ian Dennis
Prism Sound

From:           Doug Carson

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 08:32:25 -0600

Julian Dunn: A calming influence in an otherwise jittery world.

When I was first given the name of Julian Dunn, it was because a good portion of the audio community was up in arms about the variations in sound quality coming from manufactured CD’s. I had asked around for the best expert in the business about digital audio, Julian was the overwhelming recommendation to help me root out the cause of the inconsistent sound quality of the CD.

Julian was very modest about his knowledge and accomplishments. He told me very clearly in our very first meeting that I had the wrong person, as he had no personal knowledge of the CD itself. It was right then and there that I knew I had the right person, one who was not biased, influenced or opinionated about the CD system, and one who was not apt to become so during the course of our tests by anything less than hard data. As the hard data did not exist, Julian agreed to help me acquire it in a very systematic fashion. This seems to be a characteristic of Julian, that of being very systematic.

The systematic tests were conducted, the data gathered and the culprits of the bad sound of the CD were discovered. The results revealed at least three different categories of jitter, several of them being identified for the first time, as well as what the triggers in manufacturing were. Identifying these triggers allowed Audio CD’s to be finally produced with what we termed ‘A sound as clear as air’. This would not have been possible if it were not for the intelligence, perseverance, inquisitiveness and integrity of Julian Dunn.

There are many in the audio industry, myself among them, who have been able to see a little further because we were, for a few brief moments, allowed to view the world standing on the shoulders of giants. Julian Dunn was one of the true Giants in the digital audio community.

Doug Carson
Chairman/CEO DCA Inc.

From:           Bill Foster

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 17:28:43 -0000

Having been out of the mainstream pro-audio loop for a while, I had no idea that Julian was ill. I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of his passing.

Bill Foster
Understanding & Solutions

From:           Bernie Spratt

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 13:06:13 +0000

That is very sad news. Although I didn't know Julian well, I have happy memories of watching him & Murray have the usual audio arguments for hours over large quantities of beer in any number of AES locations.

Please pass on my best wishes to his family.

Bernie Spratt

From:           Howard Jones

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:49:43 -0000

This is indeed sad news. We obviously knew that Julian had been seriously ill, but had all hoped that he would respond to his treatment. It's still a terrible shock to us - particularly as Julian had so much of his life still ahead of him.

We were introduced to Julian through Jim Dowler of ADT, who recommended Julian as the most talented digital design engineer that he knew. Although we only had a chance to collaborate with him on one project, Julian did indeed design an excellent product for us, and one which we are particularly proud of. He was, I think, very highly regarded by all those who worked with him. We shall miss him.

Please pass on our condolences to Carol and all of Julian's family.

With sympathy,

Howard Jones
TL Audio

From:           Jim Dowler

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 19:12:13 -0000

I am deeply upset by this terrible news, I cannot find the words to describe how I am feeling.

May you rest in peace Julian

Jim Dowler

From:           Phil Darke

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 14:14:19 -0000

I'm very sorry to hear this tragic news. When we first heard that Julian was ill we all hoped and assumed that he would make a full recovery. I last saw Julian just before Christmas and guessed that his treatment was not going well. I was struck by his bravery and dedication.

From the moment I carried out the first listening tests on Julian's card I felt we had something special. The quality of his work is a massive compliment to our products and something we are very proud of.

Please pass on my condolences to Carol and the rest of Julian's family.

With sympathy,

Phil Darke
TL Audio

From:           Peter Craven

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 08:55:59

What can I say? The world has lost its expert on jitter.

Please pass on my condolences to Carol Dunn.

Peter Craven

From:           Kim Rishøj

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 15:58:37 +0100

That is really sad news.

We are truly sorry to hear.

Kim Rishøj
TC Electronic

From:           Thomas Lund

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:44:18 +0100

One of the true audio professionals has passed away. Father to many standards we use on a daily basis, and always seeking audio perfection while seeing through the hype, Julian will be deeply missed in the entire audio industry.

To have known him and worked with him is a privilege. He deserves to be remembered well.

Thomas Lund
TC Electronic

From:           Bob Katz

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 16:48:40 -0500

Some words about Julian:

I barely knew him in person, but through the Internet he was a "pal".

Always willing to help me through some conundrum or other.

May he find Heaven to be jitter-free!

Bob Katz
Digital Domain

From:            Al Miksch

To:              All of Audio Precision

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:25:21 -0800

AP Colleagues:

This morning, we learned with great sadness that Julian Dunn, a highly respected and longstanding friend of Audio Precision, died last week in England.

Audio Precision's initial partnership involvement with Julian was suggested by Rich Cabot, a long-time friend and associate. We contracted with Julian to write a series of newsletter articles on the subject of Digital Audio Measurement. Julian grouped the content into four categories: A to D measurements, D to A measurements, AES/EBU Interface measurements, and Jitter measurements. The articles appeared in AUDIO.TST issues starting in December 1999 and concluded with the July 2001 issue. It had been our intention to turn these articles into TechNotes as they were being produced and finally, into a book on digital audio measurement when the last of the articles was completed. Our very popular Application Note 5 is the result of this work (with a lot of editing by Dave Mathew): <>

The articles and eventual book was so well received that we made this the basis of a series of seminars on the subject that were presented throughout the US and around the world. Here is an example: <>

We will be circulating a card for those who would like to send condolences to the family.  In addition, a contribution in remembrance of Julian will be given to Oxfam from all of us here at Audio Precision.

Al Miksch
Audio Precision

From:           David Solomon

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 11:55:14 -0800

Julian was an excellent partner with Audio Precision and we are deeply saddened that he will no longer be with us. There are many people here who had a special relationship with Julian and are feeling the loss. We pray for his family and friends.

David Solomon
Audio Precision

From:           W.R. Snelgrove

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 18:00:46 -0500

Julian was our guest in Toronto as part of his American AP tour. We looked forward to his visit with great anticipation, Canada was his very last stop before he heading home on the 22nd of February 2002. It was a great privilege to have had the opportunity to get to know him. His loss is being felt strongly by all of us.

The audio community is small and individuals of Julian's caliber are rare. In the industry his loss will be deeply felt worldwide.

Please pass on our appreciation of his life to his family.

Our prayers are with them.

Bob Snelgrove
GerrAudio Distribution Inc, Canada

From:           Tom Kite

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 09:09:57 -0800

I am terribly sad to hear about Julian; I really enjoyed his company and when he was last here in Beaverton he and I shared a great evening drinking and talking about fixing cars. Very relaxing, and a lot of fun.

Tom Kite
Audio Precision

From:           Michele Tansey

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 15:22:31 -0800

Your news deeply saddened me. Although I only had the honor and pleasure of meeting Julian once - last year here at Audio Precision before he began his tour - I was touched by his warm personality and willingness to explain to an accounting person what exactly he was going to be presenting at the seminars. He is one of those people you meet and immediately feel comfortable with and will always remember.

Please accept my deepest sympathy and I hope the happy memories in time will replace the deep sorrow Julian's family and friends are feeling.

Michele Tansey

From:           Wayne Jones

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:41:11 -0800

Thank you for letting us know the distressing news about Julian. I was shocked and saddened to hear it. I was not aware that Julian was still at risk, I had only presumed that his treatment was working.

I had a high respect for Julian since my first discussions with him when we worked out a plan for him to write the articles that eventually became the Digital Audio Measurements book that is now so popular: <>

Please convey my deepest sympathies to Carol, who I have never met. I was fortunate to have spent time with Julian these past few years and will certainly miss him.

Wayne Jones
Audio Precision

From:           David Mathew

Date:           Fri, 31 Jan 2003 09:22:03 -0800

I had the pleasure of working with Julian on the articles which became Measurement Techniques for Digital audio. His death is a terrible loss, and our prayers go out for Julian's family.

David Mathew
Audio Precision

From:           Nunez Stefano

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 10:07:05 +0100

With deep regret we received this message, which made us very concerned. To this heavy loss we would like to express

you and the whole family and friends our sincere condolences.

Stefano Nuñez
and the team of Dr.W.A.Günther Audio Systems AG Switzerland

From:           Toyo Corporation

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 19:33:31 +0900

Toyo staff with AP business are very surprised at the news of the death of Mr Julian Dunn and wish to express our sincere condolences.

We had his visit to Japan for a digital audio seminar two years ago and was just about to ask him to come again for a digital audio seminar. We can find no words for sympathy to his family, but please convey our deepest condolences to them.

Toyo Corporation
Koichiro Fukumoto, President and Audio Precision sales members

From:           Man Li

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 10:48:39 +0800

Please accept our Sincere Condolences in your time of loss!

Man Li
Gelec (HK) Limited, Hong Kong

From:           KEM Electronics

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:23:57 +0200

All the staff of KEM ELECTRONICS send you their heartfelt sympathy for the death of Julian Dunn and express their deeply felt sadness.

Thimios Koliokotsis
General Sales Manager, KEM Electronics

From:            Jim Smith

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 11:14:05 +0000

I just received your e mail regarding Julian's untimely death. I can't tell you how shocked and saddened I am by this.

My memories of Julian are all pleasant ones.

Please pass my condolences on to his family.

Jim Smith
BSI Business Information, London W4

From:            John Nunn

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 15:03:59 +0000

I was greatly saddened to learn that Julian had lost his battle against leukemia. In his inimitably quiet but determined way, he had been optimistic and courageous in his fight.

I first met Julian when I worked at the BBC and he was a young engineer in Designs Department. However, it was only after Julian left the BBC and he started attending the AES standards meetings that I really got know him. In spite of his quiet manner I soon realised that Julian was an excellent engineer and his input to a discussion always warranted careful consideration. At times he could appear to be stubborn and determined, but this was because he felt a principle was at stake and not because he wanted to enhance his personal position. He was usually right. Julian rightly earned an international reputation in the field of digital audio from many of the world's experts.

Julian's contribution to the AES standards work has been immense, particularly to the AES3 digital audio interface standard, and it is fitting that his work on this standard provides a lasting legacy to his memory. Outside of the formal meetings Julian was always willing to help. I remember an occasion at a convention in Paris when, because of problems with the photocopying machines, he and Chris Travis helped Dan Queen and me to copy many hundreds of documents, so they would be ready for meetings the next day. We did not finish until 10.00 pm but that did not concern Julian. He just wanted to ensure the meetings would run smoothly.

Julian was always good company, and over a meal or a beer (or two!) you could be sure he would make a few provocative statements. It was sometimes difficult to know whether believed these statements or he just wanted a good argument. Whichever it was, it usually provided an interesting discussion for the evening.

I and many other members of the AES Standards Committee will greatly miss Julian, not just for his technical expertise but because he was also a witty, principled and caring colleague.

John Nunn
Chairman, AES Standards Committee

From:           Wieslaw Woszczyk

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 23:40:43 -0500

On behalf of the AES Technical Council and Technical Committees I would like to express our deep sorrow to the family and friends of Julian Dunn. His humble attitude and polite manner on one side, and his tremendous diligence and professionalism on the other, will be greatly missed and always remembered. His passing is a great loss for us all.

Most sincerely,

Wieslaw Woszczyk
Chair, AES Technical Council

From:           Mark Yonge
Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 16:03:45 +0000

I had been rooting for Julian all the way but I did become very anxious for him when I heard he was back in Addenbrook's after Christmas. This is indeed very sad news.

Mark Yonge
Audio Engineering Society, Standards Manager

From:            John Woodgate

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 21:36:31 +0000

Please convey my sympathy to Julian's family. He will certainly be missed by all his colleagues in UK, and internationally in AES and IEC. He worked very diligently on all his standards projects, which will stand as a memorial to his efforts.

John Woodgate
chairman of BSI EPL/100

From:           Chris Chambers

Date:  Fri, 31 Jan 2003 13:22:11 +0000

I did not have much time working with Julian in the AES, being a relative newcomer to standards work there. However I had come across him on a number of occasions in the BBC, and there can be no doubt about the key role Julian has played in many areas of standardization. He frequently demonstrated the absolute best qualities in his professional and personal approach to life, and we will all be the poorer for his departure.

Please pass on my sincere condolences to his family.

Chris Chambers

From:            Bob Finger

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:57:15 -0500

I was very saddened to hear the news about Julian. I worked with him for many years on AES SC-02-02, and his sincere and thorough efforts will be seriously missed by all. Please let his family know that his AESSC colleagues send their condolences.

Bob Finger,

From:           Pramod

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:31:47 +0530

It was really shocking news for me...for all and a great great loss to the digital world Let me pray Lord Almighty that his soul rest in peace, and give the strength to J.Dunn family

at Philips

From:            Dr Steven Harris

Date:           Mon, 27 Jan 2003 19:36:25 -0000

I confess that it had not occurred to me that Julian would not survive his illness. Please pass on my condolences and best wishes to his family.

Steve Harris

From:           Chris Cadogan

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 12:32:43 -0000

That is sad news indeed, very sad. I'm at a loss to say anything, other than that Julian was evidently one of the nicest people you could wish to meet, and that I have every sympathy for his family and his friends.

Chris Cadogan

From:            Jim Brown

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 08:02:37 -0600

Please convey my condolences to Julian's family.

I found Julian to be both very serious about his work, and sensitive to the needs of others. He will be missed.

Jim Brown
Audio Systems Group, Chicago

From:            Kim Popat

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:29:50 -0000

Sad news indeed, and for me very unexpected as I was not aware of his illness. Whenever I met him he always seemed to be his cheery, mischievous self. I'll miss him.

Kim Popat

From:            John Strawn

Date:            Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:31:03 -0800

Julian Dunn made significant contributions to the work and to the play at AES SC-06-02. I will deeply miss his experience, guidance, presence, and wit.

John Strawn
S Systems Inc.

From:           Werner Bachmann

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:35:36 +0100

Please convey my condolence to Julian's Family. I met Julian on various standard meetings and I got to know him during those meetings as a very active person with good inputs. We will miss him.

Werner Bachmann
CEO Neutrik AG

From:           Michael Goodman

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 11:58:29 -0600

We will miss Julian. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a wealth of knowledge in digital audio. He made great contributions to the digital microphone standard and many others. I join Mr. Bachmann and the rest of the group in sending my condolences to his family.

Michael Goodman
Managing Director, CEntrance

From:           Jaye Waas

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:32:34 -0800

Julian Dunn was a great man, and his work and leadership were invaluable to the industry. I will miss him.

Jaye Waas
Sierra Automated Systems Corp., California, U.S.A.

From:           Allen Goldstein

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:45:33 -0800

Farewell Julian, your legacy shall remain in your good works and the steady and unremitting hand by which you guided them.

Allen Goldstein
A.D. Pro Design Engineering, Seattle, WA

From:           Michael Keyhl

Date:          Tue, 28 Jan 2003 19:11:44 +0100

Please convey my sincere condolences to Julian's family. Having known Julian for all the years as an enthusiastic scientist, a driving force and a friend in the AES Standards working groups, I am deeply shocked about this sad news. The concurrency between his professional career and my own one makes it even more difficult to accept. We will miss him.

Michael Keyhl,
Vice-Chair SC-02-01
CEO, OPTICOM GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

From:           Robin Caine

Date:           Wed, 29 Jan 2003 08:51:11 -0000

Please convey my sincere condolences to Julian's family. I have known Julian for about twenty years. In spite of his illness, I was greatly shocked by the news, expecting him back with us before long. Julian the person will be greatly missed at AES and IEC, as well as his contributions.

Robin Caine

From:           Robert van der Hilst

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 01:32:53 -0500

It is with great sorrow to read the message of Julian Dunn passing on. Julian was for the AESSC a very hard worker, who always had time to help others out. To me he was a teacher and mentor, who showed me many of the insides of the workings of the AESSC and its standards, with a limitless knowledge of his technical subjects. The gentle ways of him working the system, were all a lesson to us. Also I do like it to be know that with all of the help, that many of us have got from him in the past has really made the AESSC a gentler and better working body.

So please also convey my sincere condolences to Julian's family, as the loss of any family member is always very painful.


Robert van der Hilst

From:           Allen Mornington-West

Date:           Thu, 30 Jan 2003 07:23:29 -0500

Please pass on my condolences to Julian's family.

I remember Julian with affection and as a person who had great intellectual probity, was committed to the industry and to the AES ... a model and a very hard act to follow.

Allen Mornington-West

From:           Gregory G. Groeper

Date:           Mon, 03 Feb 2003 23:35:35 -0600

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to Julian's family and close friends. It was a pleasure to serve with and learn from him in the past year.

The suddenness of his departure takes us aback, as he was so lively and funny during his visit here. We are all grateful to have had him contribute to our lives. We will certainly carry on the tradition of excellence to which he subscribed.

Warm regards and prayers,

Greg & Cathie Groeper
WAVNet, Inc. Chicago, IL USA

From:           Martin Danvers

Date:           Mon, 03 Feb 2003 09:06:41 +0000

Julian told me of his diagnosis early last April, since when, doubtless like so many others, I have been hoping that I should not have to write these words, but with a ghastly gnawing fear that I would.

Other better qualified will attest to Julian's technical expertise and the value of his activities in the many areas to which he made a contribution. I shall simply miss the man: greatly. The seventy minute 'phone calls; the whimsical and slightly mischievous sense of humour; the sheer dogged commitment.

Julian was intent on making things work, almost irrespective of the personal cost. In the bizarre and often Byzantine world of international standardization, his independence and probity was matched by a forensic intellect that could spot a vested interest at several thousand paces. For me it carried an enormous premium, and I soon learnt to rely on his shrewd judgements. He was happy to ruffle a few plump feathers, and, as far as I am concerned, that remains much to his credit.

From my discussions with colleagues overseas, it is clear that Julian was valued not only for his authority, but also for the colour that he brought to the IEC community. There is no doubt that this slightly quirky Englishman was regarded with great affection and esteem by all those who had the privilege to know him.

Martin Danvers

From:           Christopher Hicks

Date:           Fri, 07 Feb 2003 14:19:27 +0000

It was truly a pleasure to know and work with Julian. He combined a wonderful sense of humour and a friendly manner with a highly scientific approach to his work, and this combination made for a very enjoyable and very productive partnership.

On my first visit after he had formed Nanophon he referred to the office in the front room of his house in Cambridge very straightforwardly as "Nanophon International HQ". On looking up, I saw that he was wearing the smile that anyone who knew him would recognise as the one that said "You'll have just a moment of doubt as to whether I am joking..."

But his description was right. Julian was indeed internationally known, respected and valued. We, at CEDAR Audio, are fortunate to have been geographically close, and to have been amongst the first of Nanophon's clients. Julian was utterly rigorous in his desire to fully understand everything he did for us, how everything of ours worked, and of course, to work out how it could be improved.

He was also a very able and very willing teacher. He was excellent at conveying his understanding and knowledge to others, whether one‑to‑one or at any of the numerous lectures he gave, whether by written or spoken word; it will be a lasting sorrow to me that I did not learn from him more than he had time to teach me before his life was cut so cruelly short.

Christopher Hicks

From:           Kendall Castor-Perry

Date:           Fri, 7 Feb 2003 08:59:10 +0000

It's so sad about Julian. He struck me as a great combination of one‑of‑a‑kind brilliance in his field, generosity of communicating his knowledge and combative defence of his position. I hope he is well remembered by the AES, both in the UK and worldwide.

Kendall Castor-Perry

From:           David Josephson

Date:           Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:39:35 -0800 (PST)

Sorry to say, I have heard of Julian's untimely demise. Please know that I will be with you at the celebration in spirit if not in person.

Consider what sort of suitable Memorial Nanophon we should construct to remind people of What Julian Would Have Done If He Were Here.

David Josephson
Josephson Engineering, Santa Cruz, CA

From:           David Birt

Date:           Mon, 10 Feb 2003 12:04:56 -0000

Perhaps even a majority of our colleagues at the BBC could only talk about technical "work" topics, appearing to have relatively little concern about the wider aspects of society. Julian was not one of these! He always had great concern about the wider issues, whether this was at parochial level in BECTU or, more broadly, the situation in Nicaragua; or in another sphere as demonstrated by his cycling miles in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

That is not to say he didn’t discuss technical matters: far from it! I remember the banter and the friendly arguments. In particular, I remember one which I lost in spectacular fashion – and that it cost me a couple of pints of beer! Julian was of course in at the "big bang" from which the universe of digital audio developed, and was a key figure in that development. His most valuable world-class work with the Audio Engineering Society will not be forgotten.

I can never forget Julian’s seemingly-permanent smile and his good‑natured humour. The last time he, Carol and I met was when we shared a table on the boat whereon the AES had its annual dinner. That was such a happy occasion and is a treasured memory.

David Birt