Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
W. Tecumseh Fitch is Professor of Evolutionary Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. He studies the evolution of cognition and communication in animals and man, focusing on the evolution of speech, music and language. He is interested in all aspects of pattern recognition and vocal communication in vertebrates. Fitch was born in Boston, USA and after obtaining his Bachelors in biology (1985) he did his PhD in Cognitive and Linguistic Science (1994), both at Brown University. After a post-doc in Speech & Hearing Sciences at MIT/Harvard, Fitch was a lecturer at Harvard from 1999-2002, first in Biology and then Psychology. From 2003 - 2008 he taught at the University of St Andrews in Scotland (Reader, School of Psychology. In 2009 he moved to a permanent professorship in Vienna, where he co-founded the new Department of Cognitive Biology in the Faculty of Life Sciences. He is the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant, and is a co-author of over 100 publications and one patent.
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