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linguist , Electrical engineer

Wayne Adair Lea, American electrical engineer, linguist. Recipient gold medal, Montana Society Engineers, 1961; National Science Foundation grantee, since 1978.


Lea, Wayne Adair was born on January 16, 1940 in Helena, Montana, United States. Son of Robert Klondike and Genevieve May (Best) Lea.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Montana State University, 1962. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Montana State University, 1964. Master of Science in Linguistics, Electrical engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966.

Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1972.


Research associate Electronics Research Laboratory, Montana State College, Bozeman, 1962—1964. National Science Foundation fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Laboratory Electronics, Cambridge, 1964—1966. Mathematician, project leader National Aeronautics and Space Administration Electronics Research Center, 1966—1970.

Graduate instructor, researcher Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1970—1972. Principal systems design engineer Sperry Univac, St. Paul, 1972—1977. Research linguist, research engineer Speech Communications Research Laboratory, Los Angeles, 1977—1981.

Adjunct associate professor linguistics University Southern California, since 1978. Director Speech Science Publications, Santa Barbara, California, since 1979. Senior research scientist Signal Technology Inc., 1981—1982.

Senior vice president Voice Central Systems, Inc., since 1983. Principal investigator Department Defense contracts, since 1972. Consultant in field.


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    • Author: (books) Trends in Speech Recognition, 1980, Computer Recognition of Speech, 1984, Voice Analysis on Trial, 1984, Selecting, Designing and Using Speech Recognizers, 1984. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member of Acoustical Society of America, Missile, Space and Range Pioneers, International Society Phonetic Sciences, American Academy Forensic Sciences, American Association Phonetic Sciences, Academy for Forensic Application of Communication Sciences (chairman 1978), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior ), Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Xi.


Married Gayle Harriet Johnson, August 6, 1976. 1 child Kathy;children: Wayne, David, Christopher, Lindastepchildren: Daniel Podratz, Kimberly Podratz.

Robert Klondike Lea

Genevieve May (Best) Lea

Gayle Harriet Johnson

Wayne Lea

David Lea

Christopher Lea

Lindastepchildren: Daniel Podratz Lea

Kimberly Podratz Lea