Famous People who Majored in Linguistics

List of famous people who majored in linguistics, including photos when available. This list of famous linguistics majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in linguistics. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in linguistics you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

Noam Chomsky and Paul Watson are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were linguistics majors?" and "Which famous people studied linguistics?"

  • Noam Chomsky
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    Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He holds a joint appointment as Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and laureate professor at the University of Arizona, and is the author of more than 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism. Born to working-class Ashkenazi ...more
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Paul Franklin Watson (born December 2, 1950) is a Canadian-American marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-poaching and direct action group focused on marine conservation and marine conservation activism. The tactics used by Sea Shepherd have attracted opposition, with the group accused of eco-terrorism by both the Japanese government and Greenpeace. Watson is a citizen of Canada and the United States. The Toronto native joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing in 1969. He was a co-founder of Greenpeace, crewed and skippered for it and a founding board member in 1972. He has been credited by The New ...more
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • James Gleick
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    James Gleick (; born August 1, 1954) is an American author and historian of science whose work has chronicled the cultural impact of modern technology. Recognized for his writing about complex subjects through the techniques of narrative nonfiction, he has been called "one of the great science writers of all time". He is part of the inspiration for Jurassic Park character Ian Malcolm.Gleick's books include the international bestsellers Chaos: Making a New Science (1987) and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (2011). Three of his books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists; and The Information was awarded the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in ...more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Jeremy Aron-Dine
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    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Stefan Kaufmann is an Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University.
  • Daniel Jurafsky
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    Daniel Jurafsky is a Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University and author. With Daniel Gildea, he is known for developing the first automatic system for semantic role labeling (SRL). Jurafsky received his B.A in Linguistics (1983) and Ph.D. in Computer Science (1992) both at University of California, Berkeley, and then a postdoc at International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley (1992–1995). He is the author of The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu (2014) and a textbook on speech and language processing (2000). Jurafsky was given a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002.
    • Birthplace: Yonkers, New York