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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1928, Noam Chomsky attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1955. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955, was promoted to full professor in 1961, held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship from 1966 to 1976, and in 1976 was appointed Institute Professor. Among the many lectures he has delivered around the world are the John Locke Lectures at Oxford University (1969), the Bertrand Russell Memorial Lecture at Cambridge University (1972), the Nehru Memorial Lecture in New Delhi (1972), and the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden (1977).
Professor Chomsky has received numerous honorary degrees from universities around the world, including the University of London, University of Chicago, Delhi University, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Cambridge University, University of Buenos Aires, McGill University, Columbia University, Scuola Normale Superiore and Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science, and a member of many professional and learned societies in the USA and abroad. He is also the recipient of many honors and awards including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal, the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award, and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and contemporary issues. A link is provided here for a chronological list of his books.