Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor, emeritus
Professor of Linguistics, emeritus

Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and professor of linguistics emeritus at MIT, widely known as the father of modern linguistics, a philosopher, prolific author, and globally influential political activist. He is one of the most widely quoted intellectuals living today and probably one of the most interviewed. Professor Chomsky holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania; he joined the faculty at MIT in 1955 and was appointed full professor in 1961.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Creation of his theory of generative grammar.
  • Excitement and frustration of establishing linguistics as a legitimate field of study.
  • Experiences and challenges as a political activist from early anarchist studies through Vietnam and into the contemporary political climate.
  • Controversy over the level of military research at MIT, which led to the formation of the Pounds Commission.