Profession: Linguist & Author
Why Famous: He is a major figure in analytic philosophy and described as the "father of modern linguistics".
Biography: Noam Chomsky (1928-), widely considered the most cited living author, is an academic who has made significant contributions to the fields of linguistics and cognitive science, and also received attention for his political thought and activism.
His influential 1957 book Syntactic Structures, which argued for new understandings of the way children learn language, popularised the concept of 'universal grammar' as innate to the human brain.
But it is for his devastating critiques of U.S. foreign policy that he has become best known. Starting with opposition to the Vietnam war, Chomsky has been a consistant critic of America's overseas adventures as well as its state capitalism and big business. (OnThisDay.com)
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