Understanding the Human Voice

Dr. Noel Hanna


Friday, 7 April, 2017 - 18:30


Physics Lecture Theatre


School of Physics

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The unique sound of the voice starts with a breath of air.  Transforming the energy in this air allows us to communicate, entertain and express our idenity, mood and personality.  Yet, we don't really know how it works.


To celebrate World Voice Day*, join Dr. Noel Hanna as he explains the physics behind the voice production, and describes some of the remarkable experiements from the last 2000 years that have improved our understanding of the oldest musical instrument.

Refreshments served from 6.00pm.

Noel's talk is sponsored by the Australian Acoustical Society

*April 16th is World Voice Day (, which celebrates the importance of the voice in our daily lives.


Noel Hanna is currently a research associate working in Joe Wolfe's Acoustic group.  Dr Noel Hanna is a former science communicator, meteorologist, and high school teacher. He has a PhD in Engineering from Université Grenoble Alpes and in Physics from the University of New South Wales.  Recently, Noel wrote an article for 'The Conversation': Why is the human voice is so versatile