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Harry Lewis graduated from Harvard in 1968, summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics. His undergraduate thesis was on handwriting recognition, handwritten mathematical notation, and their use in experimental mathematics. Lewis served for two years as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health, and for a year was educated in Europe as Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellow of Harvard University.

In 1974, Lewis was awarded the PhD in Applied Mathematics at Harvard and joined the Harvard faculty. He became Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in 1981. From 2003 to 2008, he was honored with the title of Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching excellence.

Lewis is the author of several books on higher education, including Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?, and What is College For?, coedited with Ellen Condliffe Lagemann. His book on the origins and public consequences of the digital information flood, coauthored with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen, is entitled Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion. A discrete mathematics textbook by Lewis and Google engineer Rachel Zax '12 will be published by Princeton University Press.

From 1995 to 2003, Lewis served as Dean of Harvard College. In this capacity, he oversaw the undergraduate experience, including residential life, career services, public service, academic and personal advising, athletic policy, and intercultural and race relations. Lewis served as interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from January through June, 2015. His students include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and ten Harvard professors.

 

 


Publications

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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