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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People who Majored in Linguistics
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. Born to a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Philadelphia, Chomsky developed an early interest in anarchism from relatives in New York ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 89

Birthplace: East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Paul Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in Linguistics
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Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. The Toronto native joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing in 1969. He was an early and influential member of Greenpeace, crewed and skippered for it, and later was a board member. He has been credited by The New York Times, The New Yorker and other publications with being a founder of Greenpeace, but Greenpeace denies the claim. Watson argued for a strategy of direct action that conflicted with the Greenpeace interpretation of nonviolence, was ousted from the board in 1977, and subsequently left the organization. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 67

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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James Gleick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in Linguistics
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James Gleick is an American author, historian of science, and sometime Internet pioneer whose work has chronicled the cultural impact of modern technology. Recognized for illuminating complex subjects through the techniques of narrative nonfiction, he has been called “one of the great science writers of all time.” Gleick's books include the international bestsellers Chaos: Making a New Science and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. Three of them have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and The Information was awarded the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012. They have been translated into more than thirty languages. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Jeremy Aron-Dine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in Linguistics
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Age: 29

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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