Björn Lindblom, professor i talfysiologi och talperception vid Stockholms universitet sedan 1973, i lingvistik vid University of Texas i Austin 1988–94. Björn Lindbloms arbeten behandlar grundläggande frågor inom fonetiken, särskilt de universella biologiska faktorer som formar ljudsystemen i språk. Björn Lindblom är fortfarande aktiv med sin gränsöverskridande forskning där han med perspektivet inställt på språkets biologiska sida förklarar språkets natur med hjälp av talapparatens fysiologiska egenskaper.

Björn Lindblom har under årens lopp erhållit en mängd utmärkelser och priser. Två exempel är Kungliga Vitterhetsakademiens pris för humanistisk och samhällsvetenskaplig forskning (2001), han är dessutom sedan 2006 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

LSA Executive Committee:
Björn Lindblom is an internationally renowned phonetician whose groundbreaking research underlies major directions of subsequent work in both phonetics and phonology. After receiving his doctorate from Lund University (1968), he became Director of the Phonetics Laboratory at Stockholm University where, in 1973, the Swedish Research Council created a personal chair for him as Professor of Speech Physiology and Speech Perception.

Professor Lindblom’s early work modeling coarticulation as undershoot showed how phonological processes can be given explanatory accounts, an approach that inspired much subsequent work, including the creation of the Articulatory Phonology model. His seminal paper with Liljencrantz on the structure of vowel systems introduced the Adaptive Dispersion hypothesis which guided later developments including research on child language acquisition, the origin of language, and loan phonology, as well as on the structure of phonological systems per se. In a steady stream of original research that has continued through the present, he has gone on to originate and develop methodologies that sought empirically‐based phonetic explanations for sound inventories in the world’s languages, and to further expand our understanding of coarticulation via modeling and advanced statistical techniques.

Professor Lindblom held an endowed chair (1989 – 1994) at the University of Texas, Austin, in addition to visiting appointments at M.I.T., Haskins Laboratories, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. He was a recipient of the 2011 Prize of Sweden’s Royal Academy of Letters, and has received other honors and medals from universities in several European countries in addition to Sweden and the United States. During the 1990s, he served as President of the Permanent Council, International Council of Phonetic Sciences. Professor Lindblom’s leadership and influence have continued unabated through his mentorship and collaborations with scholars internationally.