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Steven Arthur Pinker, Canadian psychology professor. Recipient Troland Research award National Academy of Sciences, 1993, Golden Plate award, American Academy of Achievement, 1999, Henry Dale prize Royal Institution Great Britain, 2004, Henry Dale prize Royal Institution of Great Britain, 2004; named Humanist Laureate International Academy Humanism, 2001, Humanist of Year, American Humanist Association, 2006.


Pinker, Steven Arthur was born on September 18, 1954 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Arrived in United States, 1976. Son of Harry and Roslyn (Wiesenfeld) Pinker.


Bachelor in Experimental Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1979. Doctor of Science (honorary), McGill University, 1999.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Tel Aviv. University, 2003; Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Newcastle, 2005. DUniv (honorary), University Surrey, 2003.


Postdoctoral fellow Center for Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Assistant professor psychology Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980-1981, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1981-1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1982—1985, associate professor brain & cognitive science, 1985—1989, professor, since 1989, co-director Center for Cognitive Science, 1985—1994, director McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, 1994—1999, Peter de Florez professor, 2000—2003. Johnstone Family professor psychology Harvard University, since 2003.

Consultant Cognitive and Instructional Sciences Group, Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Centers, 1981—1982. Visiting scholar, department of psychology Harvard University, 1987—1988. Visiting scholar, cognitive development unit Medical Research Council, London, 1988.

Visiting scholar, department of psychology and linguistics University California, Santa Barbara, 1995—1996. Honorary visiting professor, department of psychology University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2001—2004. Institute advisor Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle.

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Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association (Distinguished Early Career award 1984, Boyd McCandless award 1986, William James Book prize 1995, 99, 2003, Eleanor Maccoby Book prize 2003), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Linguistics Society of America (Linguistics, Language and Public Services award 1997), American Psychological Society.


Married Rebecca Goldstein.

Harry Pinker

Roslyn (Wiesenfeld) Pinker

Rebecca Goldstein