Noam Chomsky

Once described by the New York Times as “arguably
the most important intellectual alive” Chomsky is credited
with being both the founder of modern linguistics and the
most influential and controversial political commentator of our time.

 

Noam Chomsky

Born December 7, 1928, Noam is an American linguist,philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the “world’s top public intellectual” in a 2005 poll.

Born to a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Philadelphia, Chomsky studied linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his BA, MA, and PhD, while from 1951 to 1955 he was appointed to Harvard University’s Society of Fellows. In 1955 he began work at MIT, soon becoming a significant figure in the field of linguistics for his publications and lectures on the subject.

In 1967 he gained public attention for his vocal opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, in part through his essay The Responsibility of Intellectuals, and came to be associated with the New Left while being arrested on multiple occasions for his anti-war activism. Following his retirement from active teaching, he has continued his vocal public activism supporting the anti-Iraq War and Occupy movements.

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