William R. Short Biographical Sketch
William R. Short was born in Syracuse, NY, USA. He attended the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the degrees of
Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Science, all in
Dr. William R. Short
Dr. Short joined Bose Corporation, where he
was a Bose Fellow, working in the fields of acoustics, audio
electronics, and psychoacoustics, with forays into broadcasting, cinema
sound, nuclear physics, automobile suspensions, and others. Dr. Short
holds 24 United States Patents and many foreign patents in these fields.
Dr. Amar G. Bose and Dr. Short shared the Inventor of the Year Award for
their development of the technology used in the Bose Acoustic Wave®
music system and Bose Wave® Radio.
Dr. Short and Dr. Bose with the first Wave®
Dr. Short became interested in the
Sagas of Icelanders and other medieval Icelandic literature. He took
summer courses in Iceland and began to do independent research in this
field, joining Hurstwic and guiding their combat training and research,
conducted at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, USA, where he eventually
became a fellow at the museum.
Dr. Short with the oldest surviving manuscript
of Grettis saga.
Hurstwic cast and crew at the close of location filming in Iceland for
The Final Battle of Grettir the Strong.
|In 1997, Dr. Short left Bose
Corporation to work full-time on research related to the Viking-age. He
is an author, filmmaker, lecturer, and independent scholar, and he is
the manager of Hurstwic, LLC. He has written several books, created
several film, regularly lectures internationally on Viking-related
topics from university level to elementary school level, and developed the
innovative Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training program.
Dr. Short with an Ulfberht sword from the Viking age.