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Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay Research Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and articles on computer science and on higher education. He holds degrees of AB (summa cum laude) and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard, and he served for two years in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service. A member of the Harvard faculty since 1974, he has helped launch thousands of Harvard undergraduates, including both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, into careers in computer science. His book about higher education, Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? was translated into Chinese and Korean.

He is coauthor, with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen, of "Blown to Bits explains the origins and public consequences of the explosion of digital information; a second edition will appear in the fall of 2020. His edited collection of classic computer science papers, Ideas that Created the Future, will be published by MIT Press in early 2021.

Lewis has served as Dean of Harvard College, overseeing residential life, career services, public service, academic and personal advising, athletic policy, and intercultural and race relations. He has also served as interim Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Now retired after 46 years of service to Harvard, he remains in the Boston area and will be teaching “Classic Papers of Computer Science” to all interested parties at Harvard in the spring of 2021. Lewis serves on the Board of Directors of epic.org, the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

 


Publications

Jun 16, 2008

Blown to Bits

Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Is this utopia? Or the dawning of a 1984/Brave New World horror world? Whatever you call it, it’s happening. What kind of world are we creating? What will it be like to live there… More


News

Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's … More

Oct 2, 2008

Berkman fall events continue: two special events next week

Next Tuesday we're hosting a book party for "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion," with the book's three authors, and, on Thursday, a… More


Events

Dec 5, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World

A "Fred Friendly" Seminar

Civic education is the cultivation of knowledge and traits that sustain democratic self-governance. The broad agreement that civic education is important disintegrates under close… More

Oct 7, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Blown to Bits Book Release

Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis

The Berkman Center celebrated the release of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion with all three authors, Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and… More

Jun 18, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Book Launch: Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Berkman Fellow Harry Lewis, Hal Abelson, and Ken Ledeen

Berkman Fellow Harry Lewis, Hal Abelson, and Ken Ledeen launched their book, Blown to Bits, in Harvard Square, Cambridge. More