Wonder who is the most influential figure in American history? Presidents, entrepreneurs, and athletes aside, it is the introspective, rabble-rousing, trailblazing lot of intellectuals and academics who have played a significant role in shaping the American tenor. They are the visionaries, the great innovators who have revolutionized America and the world at large with their standout ideas, thoughts, and actions. They are the thinkers who have dominated every American mind and have been an inspiration behind their roadmap to success. From Chomsky and Rorty to Dewey and Walzer, America has spun out some top notch intellectuals who not only put their ideas and thoughts into practice, but also architected pathways to a more stable and productive American future. Let us meet America's most cited intellectuals and academics in the biographies presented below and acquaint ourselves to their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts. Caveat: These biographies might redefine your take on world and life.
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky

07 December 1928

William JamesWilliam James

11 January 1842

Sam HarrisSam Harris

09 April 1967

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

Ann DunhamAnn Dunham

29 November 1942

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman

31 July 1912

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan

06 March 1926

John DeweyJohn Dewey

20 October 1859

B. F. SkinnerB. F. Skinner

20 March 1904

Terence McKennaTerence McKenna

16 November 1946

Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow

01 April 1908

Steven PinkerSteven Pinker

18 September 1954

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell

30 June 1930

Camille PagliaCamille Paglia

02 April 1947

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman

05 March 1934

Ben BernankeBen Bernanke

13 December 1953

Erik EriksonErik Erikson

15 June 1902

Carl RogersCarl Rogers

08 January 1902

Peter DruckerPeter Drucker

19 November 1909

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston

07 January 1891

John RawlsJohn Rawls

21 February 1921

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel

28 April 1906

Albert BanduraAlbert Bandura

04 December 1925

Richard ThalerRichard Thaler

12 September 1945

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead

16 December 1901

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett

28 March 1942

Carlos CastanedaCarlos Castaneda

25 December 1925

Christina Hoff SommersChristina Hoff Sommers

28 September 1950

Ethan AllenEthan Allen

21 January 1738

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr

21 June 1892

Benjamin GrahamBenjamin Graham

09 May 1894

Michael PorterMichael Porter

23 May 1947

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard

02 March 1926

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead

15 February 1861

Bruce H. MannBruce H. Mann

27 April 1950

Franz BoasFranz Boas

09 July 1858

Larry SangerLarry Sanger

16 July 1968

Paul SamuelsonPaul Samuelson

15 May 1915

Randy PauschRandy Pausch

23 October 1960

Noah WebsterNoah Webster

16 October 1758

David McCulloughDavid McCullough

07 July 1933

Will DurantWill Durant

05 November 1885

Henry GeorgeHenry George

02 September 1839

Robert SolowRobert Solow

23 August 1924

Paul TillichPaul Tillich

20 August 1886

Ken WilberKen Wilber

31 January 1949

Gary BeckerGary Becker

02 December 1930

Albert EllisAlbert Ellis

27 September 1913

Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig

06 September 1928

Kenneth ArrowKenneth Arrow

23 August 1921

Paul FarmerPaul Farmer

26 October 1959

Harry Max MarkowitzHarry Markowitz

24 August 1927

John Wesely PowellJohn Wesley Powell

24 March 1834

Pitirim SorokinPitirim Sorokin

21 January 1889

Henry AdamsHenry Adams

16 February 1838

Allan BloomAllan Bloom

14 September 1930

Francis SchaefferFrancis Schaeffer

30 January 1912

Simon KuznetsSimon Kuznets

30 April 1901

Robert C. MertonRobert C. Merton

31 July 1944

Edward EverettEdward Everett

11 April 1794

Myron ScholesMyron Scholes

01 July 1941

Robert Lucas Jr.Robert Lucas Jr.

15 September 1937

Wassily LeontiefWassily Leontief

05 August 1906

Douglass NorthDouglass North

05 November 1920

William Forsyth SharpeWilliam F. Sharpe

16 June 1934

James TobinJames Tobin

05 March 1918

Dallas WillardDallas Willard

04 September 1935

Alfred KroeberAlfred L. Kroeber

11 June 1876

William GlasserWilliam Glasser

11 May 1925

Robert FogelRobert Fogel

01 July 1926

Lawrence KudlowLawrence Kudlow

20 August 1947

Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch

08 January 1867

William Morris DavisWilliam Morris Davis

12 February 1850