Steven Arthur Pinker was born on September 18, 1954, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to the family of Harry Pinker and Roslyn Wiesenfeld. Pinker was raised in a largely Jewish neighborhood of Montreal. His father was a lawyer, who worked as a manufacturer’s representative for a while. His mother was initially a home-maker, but later became a guidance counselor and high-school vice-principal. His grandparents were immigrants from Poland and Romania who came to Canada in 1926. They later set up a small neck-tie factory in Montreal. He is highly appreciative of his Jewish ancestry. Although he has been an atheist since he was 13 years old, he has stated that there have been times in his life when he had described himself as a "serious cultural Jewish." His younger brother, Robert, serves as a policy analyst for the Canadian government, while his younger sister, Susan, is a celebrated psychologist and author herself.