Avram Noam Chomsky
American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist,logician, political commentator and activist. 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 (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He is a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll.
#Chomsky tops my most admired person list.