Noam Chomsky

Linguist, Author and Philosopher Noam Chomsky

Full Name: Avram Noam Chomsky
Profession: Linguist, Author and Philosopher

United States of America

Biography: Widely considered the most cited living author, Noam Chomsky is the author of over 150 books. A prominent modern intellectual Chomsky is a major figure in analytic philosophy, cognitive science and is often described as the "father of modern linguistics". His political thought and activism is also influential.

Working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955 he is responsible for introducing transformational grammar to the linguistics field. His influential 1957 book “Syntactic Structures”, which argued for new understandings of the way children learn language, popularized the concept of 'universal grammar' as innate to the human brain.

But it is his devastating critiques of U.S. foreign policy that he has become best known for. Starting with opposition to the Vietnam War, Chomsky has been a consistent critic of America's overseas adventures as well as its state capitalism and big business.

He was involved in the free speech controversy surrounding Robert Faurisson and has written about the 9/11 terror attacks.

Born: December 7, 1928
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 93 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1949-12-24 Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)

Historical Events

  • 1967-02-23 Noam Chomsky's anti-Vietnam war essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals" is published by the New York Review of Books