Harry R. Lewis
Harry Roy Lewis (born April 19, 1947) is a Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Computer Science at Harvard University. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. He is in addition the author of several books, including Excellence Without A Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education (2006), and is a co-author (with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen) of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, a work that explores the origins and public consequences of the explosion in recent years of digital information. He was the Dean of Harvard College from 1995 to 2003. He is a Visitor of Ralston College and a Life Trustee of the Roxbury Latin School. He blogs regularly at http://harry-lewis.blogspot.com/ and his old blog may still be found on-line at http://www.bitsbook.com/blog/
Harry Lewis was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard in Applied Mathematics — Bachelor's degree summa cum laude in 1968, Master's degree in 1973 and his PhD in 1974. His PhD thesis, supervised by Burton Dreben, was titled "Herbrand Expansions and Reductions of the Decision Problem." He has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1974. Among his students were the young Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, whose website "Six Degrees to Harry Lewis" was a precursor to Facebook.
- Unsolvable Classes of Quantificational Formulas; Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts, 1979
- Harry R. Lewis and Christos H. Papadimitriou Elements of the Theory of Computation; Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1981
- An Introduction to Computer Programming and Data Structures using MACRO-11; Reston Publishing Company, Reston, Virginia, 1981
- Harry R. Lewis and Larry Denenberg; Data Structures and their Algorithms; Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., New York, 1991
- Harry R. Lewis and Christos H. Papadimitriou; STOICHEIA THEORIAS HYPOLOGISMOU ; Technical Chapter of Greece --- TEE, Athens, Greece, 1992. (Greek language edition of #2)
- Harry R. Lewis and Christos H. Papadimitriou; Elements of the Theory of Computation, Second Edition; Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1997
- Harry R. Lewis and Christos H. Papadimitriou; Elementos de Teoria da Computação, 2a Edição; Bookman, Porto Alegre, 2000 (Portuguese language edition of #6)
- Harry R. Lewis, Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education, PublicAffairs, 2006.
- Paperback edition of #8, subtitled Does Liberal Education Have a Future?, 2007.
- Chinese (both mainland and Taiwan) and Korean editions of #8.
- Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis, Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, Addison-Wesley, 2008.
- Curriculum vitae from Lewis' web site at Harvard.
- Faculty directory, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science, retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Review by Bill Gasarch (2007) in ACM SIGACT News 38(1): 9–13, doi:10.1145/1233481.1233486.
- Poison Ivy: A Harvard man urges the school to redefine its mission, Christopher Shea, Washington Post, July 2, 2006.
- Harry Roy Lewis at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- Kestenbaum, David (July 4, 2008), Before Microsoft, Gates Solved A Pancake Problem, National Public Radio.
- Guan, Amy; Jain, Radhika (April 8, 2011), "Young Entrepreneurs Put College on Hold", Harvard Crimson.
- Review by Bill Gasarch (2009) in ACM SIGACT News 40(1): 10–13, doi:10.1145/1515698.1515701.
- Harry R. Lewis official page at Harvard
- "Blown to Bits" website official website for the book, "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion."
- "Bits and Pieces" Harry Lewis's blog
- "Blown to Bits" Harry Lewis's old blog