Noam Chomsky

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Noam ChomskyName: Noam Chomsky

Born: December 7, 1928

Computer-related contributions

  • American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, and activist and author of more than 100 books.
  • Often referred to as the father of modern linguistics.
  • Co-creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, the universal grammar theory, and the Chomsky–Schützenberger theorem. The Chomsky hierarchy is often taught in fundamental computer science courses as it confers insight into the various types of formal languages.

Significant publications

  • Language and mind.
  • Hegemony or survival: America's quest for global dominance.
  • Manufacturing consent: the political economy of the mass media.
  • Failed states: the abuse of power and the assault on democracy.

Honors and awards

  • Inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems' AI's Hall of Fame for the "significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems (2011).
  • President's Medal from the Literary and Debating Society of the National University of Ireland, Galway (2008).
  • Honorary fellowship from the Literary and Historical Society (2005).


"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it."