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Ian Maddieson is an professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of New Mexico and who was previously at the University of California, Berkeley.
He was Vice-President of the
International Phonetic Association and Secretary of the Association for Laboratory Phonology.
Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN . 978-0-631-19815-4 Based on data from about 400 languages, the book describes the known contrasting phonetic categories, the ways in which the phonemic sounds may differ in human languages. Maddieson, Ian, Patterns of Sounds,
Cambridge University Press, 1984,
ISBN 0-521-26536-3 Cambridge University Press, 2009,
ISBN 0-521-11326-1 The book analyzes the frequencies and distributions of the phonemic sounds among languages. The results are based on UPSID (the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database).