In the age of sports stars and movie stars being recognised worldwide, there are some other professions which can often be overlooked for their contributions to society. One such profession belongs to the academic fields. The fields of academia may not have a lot of star power, but they have absolutely shaped our lives. One such academic is Noam Chomsky, an American political activist, social critic, linguist and scientist. Let’s find out how much is Noam Chomsky’s net worth in 2019.
Noam Chomsky (born as Avram Noam Chomsky) graced the world on December 7, 1928. His hometown was Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and he his neighbourhood was East Oak Lane. His father was an Ashkenazi Jew, who left Ukraine and settled down in the United States of America, and was a professor at Gratz College, a college in Philadelphia. His mother was an activist, as well as a teacher. The pair had met for the first time at Mikveh Israel. Noam was the eldest of two children, known to be extremely competitive. His younger brother, David, was less competitive and more easygoing. The two brothers were raised to follow the religion of Judaism; they learnt Hebrew and loved discussing politics. They were also interested in Zionism.
Noam had faced a lot of anti-Semitism abuse in his younger days. Chomsky studied at Gratz College, identifying more and more with the left-anarchist politics, from a very young age. He wrote an academic paper, his very first amongst many, on fascism and its fall, which was a culmination of the Spanish Civil War, held between 1936 and 1939. Chomsky joined University of Pennsylvania at the age of 16. His topics were based on broad and general subjects. He taught Hebrew, and learnt Arabic as well. Once disillusioned with the teaching programs and methods at University, he almost dropped out. However, he was brought back into the academic line after talking to Zellig Harris, a Russian linguist. Chomsky majored in theoretical linguistics. He completed his doctoral dissertation from Harvard University.
Chomsky’s career began at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most renowned institutes in the world. He became an assistant professor and taught linguistics, as well as philosophy. He disliked MIT, yet was offered the position of an associate professor, followed by the appointment at the prestigious Columbia University.
He authored a book by the name of Syntactic Structures in 1958. By 1962, he was considered the default authority on linguistics in America. His books on the study of language continued to polarize critics throughout his life as an academic, and do so today as well. He became very politically active during the Vietnam War, as his view was that America should not have involved itself in this war. He is politically active, even today. He, along with George Miller (a Harvard professor), authored multiple papers on the subject of mathematical linguistics.
Awards and Achievements
Noam Chomsky has won numerous awards, as one of the most important people of the 20th century, declared by the London Times, and has received enormous amounts of honorary degrees, from colleges all around the world. He has also won numerous peace prizes and has a bee species named after him.
Net worth of Noam Chomsky
Considering his accolades, it is not a surprise to know that Noam Chomsky is worth at least $6.5 million in today’s world.
Noam Chomsky is one of the greatest minds of his generation. His net worth in terms of knowledge and research to the world is much greater than what can be accounted for through money.