Eric Heinz Lenneberg
|Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States|
Area:language acquisition, cognitive psychology
Eric Heinz Lenneberg (1921 - 1975) was a linguist who pioneered ideas on language acquisition and cognitive psychology, particularly in terms of the concept of innateness. He was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. An ethnic Jew, he left Nazi Germany because of rising Nazi persecution. He initially fled to Brazil with his family and then to the United States where he attended the University of Chicago and Harvard University. A professor of psychology and neurobiology, he taught at the Harvard Medical School, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Cornell University and medical School.