Emeritus Professor of Speech Sciences

School of Heath Sciences

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Education: University of Edinburgh. Degrees: MA, PhD, DLitt. Specialism: Phonetics, Speech Science, Speech Technology. Honorary Degrees: DLitt (Sheffield, de Montfort, Queen Margaret University), LittD (Trinity College Dublin).

Honors: CBE (for contributions to Phonetics); Bicentenary Medal (2004) and Royal Medal (2007), Royal Society of Edinburgh; Honorary Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Academy Membership: Fellow of the British Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vice-President (1996-1999), Fellowship Secretary (1999-2002).

Appointments: Founding Director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research (1984-1989), Chairman of CSTR (1989-1994), Vice-Principal for Research, University of Edinburgh (1994-1997); Vice-Principal (2002-2003) and Deputy Principal (2003-2004), Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; Chairman, ESPRIT Basic Research Program Panel for Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Vision, Speech and Natural Language Research, European Commission, DG XIII (1990); Chairman, Engineering Sciences Panel, Training and Mobility of Researchers, 4th Framework Programme of the European Commission (DG XII); President of the International Phonetic Association (1991-1995); Member of Council of the Philological Society of Great Britain (1993-98); Founding Chairman of the British Academy's Humanities Research Board (1994-1998); member, Arts and Humanities Advisory Committee of the British Library; Humanities Adviser to the UK Government's Dearing Inquiry on Higher Education in the Learning Society (1997); Convener, Scottish Regional Strategic Initiatives, Interdisciplinary Research: Process, Structures and Evaluation (1997-98); Independent Observer, European Commission Marie Curie Fellowships Programme (2000-01); Founding Chairman of Trinity College Dublin's Long Room Hub (2008-2009).

Key Publications: The Phonetic Description of Voice Quality (Cambridge University Press 1980); The Gift of Speech (Edinburgh University Press 1991); Principles of Phonetics (Cambridge University Press 1994) (Translated into Arabic 2010); The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Speech and Language (Wiley-Blackwell 2015).