Although a speech technologist by trade (I created the first commercial speech recognizer for Swedish, the first concatenative speech synthesizer and also worked on one of the biggest speech-to-speech translation projects ever; book on Cambridge University Press), since 2009 I have studied, and published extensively on cheetah purring, lion roaring, cheetah vocalizations. My friend, and recent Ig Nobel Prize winner, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, recommended me to apply for a membership in your illustrious club. These photos are by my girlfriend, Miriam Oldenburg, who does have long hair but is a musician (as I am, too), but alas not a scientist.
Robert Eklund, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics
University Lecturer in Language, Culture and Phonetics
Some of Professor Eklund’s work was featured in the special Cats issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.