Elliott, W. Neil was born on March 7, 1948 in St. Louis. Son of Warren Harry and Virginia Elmira (Wagner) Elliott.
Bachelor in English Literature, Duke University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, City University of New York, 1981.
Sales promotion, JC Penny Company, Inc., New York City, 1970-1972;
advertising copywriter, JC Penny Company, Inc., New York City, 1972-1975;
lecturer, research specialist, University of California, Irvine, 1983-1990;
systems engineer, PacTel Meridian Systems, Cypress, California, 1990-1997;
senior manager, Williams Communications Solutions, Santa Ana, California, since 1997. Visiting scientist Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980-1983.