Author - Harry R. Lewis

Harry Lewis stumbled upon computer programming through a part-time job, and fell in love with the emerging field. Lewis’s undergraduate thesis, written under the direction of computer graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland, was on handwriting recognition, parsing handwritten mathematical notation, and their use in experimental mathematics. Harry served for two years as a commissioned officer of the US Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, doing work on image processing and on systems and application programming. Harry joined the Harvard faculty in the fall of 1974, and became Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in 1981. In 2003 he was honored with the title of Harvard College Professor. He is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. From 1995-2003 Harry served as Dean of Harvard College. He is a long time member of the College’s Admissions Committee. Harry is the author of five books and numerous articles on various aspects of computer science. His books include: Excellence Without a Soul - Does Liberal Education Have a Future? (a Boston Globe best-seller and the subject of favorable reviews in both the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal). It has been translated into Chinese (with Taiwanese and mainland editions) and into Korean. In 2008 he coauthored, with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen, a book on the origins and public consequences of the explosion of digital information - Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion.


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