Dr. Edward Klima
Dr. Edward S. Klima is Associate Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, San Diego. He has a Doctorate from Harvard University, where he studied with Roman Jakobson. He also studied at the University of Paris and College de France. Klima was Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Modern Languages during the formative years of generative linguistics. He has been Chairman and Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of California at San Diego as well as Director of the Center for Research on Language. Klima is well known for his highly significant studies in the syntax of English, in linguistics and poetics, in psycholinguistics, as well as for his research on the biological foundations of language. Klima has been Visiting Professor at Rockefeller University, at the University of Hong Kong, and at the Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche in Rome.
Klima's groundbreaking research on the structure of signed languages, as well as their representation in the brain, has been given the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 1993. Klima is the first author of the pioneering book, The Signs of Language, published by Harvard University Press, which won an Award from the Association of American Publishers. He is co-author of What the Hands Reveal About the Brain, and of many significant papers including the first papers on "Language in Another Mode," and "Poetry and Song in a Language without Sound." Some of the research on signed language is together with Dr. Ursula Bellugi. This research team is the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation since 1970. These studies have received the Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders and two MERIT Awards from the National Institute of Child Health and Human development.