NMSU: Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Mexico State University
Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Paul W. Klipsch A Legend in Sound

Founder Klipsch & Associates, Inc.


Paul W. Klipsch is one of America's audio pioneers. Inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1984, he has received the highest professional recognition including the Audio Engineering Society's Silver Medal in 1978 for his contributions to speaker design and distortion measurement.

Paul received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1926, a Masters of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1934, and a Doctor of Laws from NMSU in 1981.

Paul's interest in engineering was influenced by his father, an instructor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. Although Paul was only 12 years of age when his father passed on, his interest in science and engineering endured. He built his first radio system at the age of 15, a year before the first public radio broadcast.

After graduating from El Paso High School, he enrolled at NMSU where he played cornet in the university band and was an award-winning member of the school rifle team. He credits his four years as a member of the Aggie Band for developing his love and knowledge of music and musical instruments.

Following graduation, Paul maintained electric railway locomotives in Chile for three years before entering graduate school at Stanford. After receiving his Masters Degree, Paul worked as a geophysicist for a Texas oil company. He later served in the U.S. Army during World War II earning the rank of Lt. Colonel. He holds patents in the fields of geophysics, ballistics and acoustics.

Following World War II, Paul established Klipsch and Associates in Hope, Arkansas. As President, Paul developed the firm into a leading manufacturer of high quality audio systems.

Paul and his wife Valerie were strong supporters of the NMSU College of Engineering through scholarships that benefit engineering students.  Paul died in 2002 at the age of 98.  Valerie continues her support of the programs at NMSU.

A Klipsch Museum related to Paul's life and work can be found on the NMSU campus.

For more information about Paul W. Klipsch, go to www.klipsch.com