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Steven Arthur Pinker

September 18, 1954 (1954-09-18) (age 67)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Notable work
  • The Language Instinct (1994)
  • How the Mind Works (1997)
  • The Blank Slate (2002)
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011)
  • Enlightenment Now (2018)
  • Nancy Etcoff
    (m. 1980; div. 1992)
  • Ilavenil Subbiah
    (m. 1995; div. 2006)
Alma mater
Awards Troland Award (1993, National Academy of Sciences),
Henry Dale Prize (2004, Royal Institution),
Walter P. Kistler Book Award (2005),
Humanist of the Year award (2006, issued by the AHA),
George Miller Prize (2010, Cognitive Neuroscience Society), Richard Dawkins Award (2013)
Scientific career
Fields Evolutionary psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, visual cognition
Institutions Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New College of the Humanities
Thesis The Representation of Three-dimensional Space in Mental Images (1979)
Doctoral advisor Stephen Kosslyn
Influences Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett,

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-American experimental psychologist. He has written six popular psychology books. He is a Harvard College professor.

Early life and career

Pinker was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1954, to a middle-class English-speaking Jewish family.

Personal life

When he was 13 he became an atheist. Pinker was given the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award on May 13, 2006.

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