The author, Heinz
G. Urban, attended the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule
(RWTH) Aachen, Germany, where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering
In 1962, he joined
the sonar research departemnent at ATLAS Werke AG, Bremen known as STN
ATLAS Elektronik GmbH. From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a senior scientist
at the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy. After expiration
of his contract with SACLANT, he accepted the position of Head of the
Research Departement at STN ATLAS Elektronik in Bremen.
In 1988, he returned
to the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre as Division Chief for Environmental
Research and was responsible for basic research in ocean acoustics,
oceanography, sediment research and numerical modeling..