Noam Chomsky

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ProfessorNoam Chomsky
BornDecember 7, 1928, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
SpousesCarol Schatz (m. 1949; died 2008), Valeria Wasserman (m. 2014)
Children3, including Aviva
Academic BackgroundUniversity of Pennsylvania (AB, MA, PhD)
Known for– Work in linguistics, political activism, and social criticism – Major figure in analytic philosophy and cognitive science
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona (2017–present), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1955–present), Institute for Advanced Study (1958–1959)
Notable Works– More than 150 books on topics such as linguistics, war, and politics – “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” (1967)
IdeologyAnarcho-syndicalism, libertarian socialism
Key Contributions– Development of the theory of transformational grammar – Pivotal role in remodeling the study of language – Criticism of U.S. foreign policy and mass media
Activism– Outspoken opponent of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War – Anti-Zionist stance – Critic of U.S. foreign policy, contemporary capitalism, and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians

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