Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic and political activist. Described as "the father of modern linguistics," Chomsky is also a major figure in analytical philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.
Chomsky developed the Chomsky Hierarchy, which is a containment hierarchy for formal grammar classes. This is relevant in theoretical computer science, especially in programming language theory, compiler construction and automata theory.
Chomsky is motivated by a powerful curiosity, underpinned by an unorthodox education, and is known to actively seek divergent opinions which have shaped his approach across many diverse areas of interest.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied.
Whilst I do not necessarily agree with all of his political opinions and leanings, I do take inspiration from his ability to question everything around him; to challenge the status quo and not accept conventionalism - Chomsky has an incredible ability to break down established constructs and make sense from complexity.