Professor David Howard was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 in recognition of his contributions to the science of voice and hearing. David holds a PhD in Human Communication from the University of London for his work on single channel cochlear implants in the 1980s. David was a lecturer in the department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College London and in 1990 he moved to be a Senior Lecturer/Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York. David was head-hunted to be the Founding Professor and Head of the new Department of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway where he set up a syllabus that keeps creativity at the heart of engineering education.
David presented two 1-hour long documentaries ‘Castrato’ and ‘Voice’ for BBC4 TV and was been involved in several national and international media interviews following the publication of the paper relating to creating a vowel from the Mummy Nesyamun.
Outside work David spends considerable time performing music as the Musical Director of Feltham Choral Society and Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Thorpe.