Personal history and professional achievements of Raymond Besson, in a first-hand history composed from an oral history conducted by Clemens Ruppel, Villars Saint Georges/France, June 21, 2018. Professor Besson led an illustrious career in research on piezoelectric effects at the École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques in Besançon, France (formerly the University of Besançon).
Among the many awards he received over the years were: the Silver Medal of the C.N.R.S. (1980), the Electronics grand prix Général Ferrié (1980), the IEEE S.M. (1980), the National Science and Defence award (1984), the IEEE W.G. Cady award (1992). The citation for this IEEE award read: “for fundamental contributions to both quartz resonator fabrication technology and understanding of nonlinear effects leading to devices of superior performance”.