Professor David Howard

Professor David M Howard FREng, PhD (University of London) has been involved in forensic casework for more than 35 years. This work has mainly concerned voice acoustics, music acoustics and the acoustics of various locations. It has involved a variety of people in a range of different situations and often for these cases thinking outside the box is paramount.  

David has been invited to give more than 60 keynote talks over the years, relating to voice production and perception. He has published more than 90 research articles in peer reviewed academic and professional journals.  

He has singly authored and co-authored a number of books, including Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (with Professor Jamie Angus), which is now in its 5th Edition and has been translated into Chinese; Music Technology: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (with Professor Damian Murphy) and Choral Singing and Healthy Voice Production.  

Other books to which he has contributed include: The Larynx; Occupational Voice – Care and Cure; Killers in the Brain; Speech Technology for Telecommunications and Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism. 

David has been involved in research grants relating to speech, singing and music production, analysis and synthesis totalling in excess of £29m. In 2020 he was first author of the paper that reported the re-creation of a vowel sound from the 3,000-year-old Egyptian Mummy, Nesyamun.  

He is a Church Organist, Choir Director, accomplished sailor, and former Royal Navy Officer.