The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Steven Pinker is about as close as you can come to being an academic celebrity. The Harvard professor of psychology has written seven books for a general readership in addition to his scholarly work, which is wide-ranging. Pinker frequently writes about language for The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and The Atlantic, and also tackles subjects such as education, morality, politics, bioethics, and violence.
Since many people are under the misconception that you have to write badly in academia to be taken seriously, I’ll just mention some renowned scholars in my own field whom I read as an undergraduate and who were sparkling prose stylists.
My adviser Roger Brown was a great social psychologist, the founder of the modern study of language acquisition in children, and the author of the delightful Words and Things: An Introduction to Language and Social Psychology.
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