Gary Quinn

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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
OccupationDeaf linguist

Gary Quinn is a Deaf linguist at Heriot Watt University. He is Deaf and uses British Sign Language.


As a Sign Language linguist, Gary is involved in the British Sign Language Glossaries of Curriculum Terms, which aims at developing a database of signs, definitions and examples related to STEMM subjects[1][2]. The Glossaries are a valuable resource for teachers, students and professionals of the STEMM disciplines[3]. The signs and definitions are developed by a multidisciplinary team which includes scientists, linguists and teachers, and each proposed sign is checked for linguistic integrity and scientific correctness[4]. The project has so far collected more than 1500 signs and definitions, which can be looked up through an app [5] or an online glossary divided into six main areas.[6]

Gary is involved in scientific outreach as well, producing resources to make scientific topics available accessible to the wider Deaf public[7][8], or talking about Sign Language linguistics.[9]

To commemorate the achievement of Gerry Hughes, the first Deaf person to sail around around the world solo, Gary composed a poem in Sign Language[10].


  1. "About the British Sign Language Glossaries of Curriculum Terms".
  2. "Using sign language morphology to unlock science education/Gary Quinn/TEDxHeriotWattUniversity". TEDx Talks.
  3. "Deaf people at risk of being 'excluded from astronomy'". University of Leeds.
  4. "Inventing sign language for space". BBC.
  5. "The Glossary is now also available as an App for Android and Apple devices".
  6. "British Sign Language Glossaries of Curriculum Terms".
  7. "Chemistry Show in British Sign Language".
  8. "What is CoViD 19".
  9. "Humour can bring Deaf culture into the mainstream". The Limping Chicken.
  10. "The stars are the map I unfurl". Scottish Poetry Library.

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