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Harlan Lane is Distinguished University professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, and founder of the Center for Research in Hearing, Speech, and Language. His research is focused on speech, Deaf culture, and sign language. Lane was born in Brooklyn on August 19, 1936. Remaining in New York City for college, he obtained both a B.S. and an M.S. in Psychology from Columbia University in 1958. He subsequently received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard and a second Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Sorbonne. In 1991, Lane received a MacArthur Foundation "genius award".
Lane - a hearing man - has become an often controversial spokesman for the Deaf community and critic of cochlear implants. He has written extensively on the social construction of disability and states that "Unless Deaf people challenge the culturally determined meanings of deaf and disability with at least as much vigor as the technologies of normalization seek to institutionalize those meanings, the day will continue to recede in which Deaf children and adults live the fullest lives and make the fullest contribution to our diverse society." In recognition of his research and advocacy regarding these issues, Lane has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of the Deaf (United States), the International Social Merit Award from the World Federation of the Deaf, and numerous other awards.
He is Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, the highest level of the academic honor given out by the French government.
Coauthor of "The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry" with Richard C. Pillard and Ulf Hedberg (2011, ISBN 978-0-19-975929-3). Publisher - New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.
Coauthor of A Journey into the Deaf World with Ben Bahan and Robert J. Hoffmeister (1996, ISBN 0-915035-63-4). *A Journey into the Deaf-World - (Hardcover ISBN 0-915035-62-6 & Paperback ISBN 0-915035-63-4) Publisher - Dawnsign Press
Coauthor of Make every minute count: More than 700 Tips and Strategies That Will Revolutionize How You Manage Your Time with Christian Wayser (2000, ISBN 1-56924-613-0). Publisher - New York : Marlowe & Co