Noam Chomsky, the linguistic professor who has become one of the most outspoken critics of US foreign policy, has won a poll that names him as the world's top public intellectual.
Here is the top five from the poll:
1. Noam Chomsky
Linguistics expert and critic of US foreign policy.
2. Umberto Eco
Italian writer and academic.
3. Richard Dawkins
Oxford professor of public understanding of science.
4. Vaclav Havel
Playwright and leader of Czech velvet revolution.
5. Christopher Hitchens
Journalist, author, pro-Iraq war polemicist.