Brian Harvey (lecturer)

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Brian K. Harvey
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Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Residence United States
Fields Mathematics
Computer Science
Institutions University of California - Berkeley
Alma mater MIT
Stanford University
UC Berkeley
New College of California
Thesis The high school computer center: educational goals in theory and practice (philosophy, programming, moral) (1985)
Known for UCBLogo

Brian Keith Harvey (born 1949) is a Lecturer SOE of computer science at University of California, Berkeley. He and his students developed UCBLogo, a free and open source Logo interpreter for learners.

He received his B.S. in Mathematics at MIT, 1969, a M.S. in Computer Science, Stanford University, 1975, and a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education, UC Berkeley, 1985. He also received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, New College of California, 1990.


Until his retirement in July 2013, Harvey taught introductory (lower-division) computer science courses at Berkeley, as well as the "CS 195, Social Implications of Computing".[1] He was also involved in the development of the Logo (programming language) for the use in K-12 education.

Together with the German programmer Jens Mönig, Harvey designed BYOB ("Build Your Own Blocks") and its successor Snap!, an extended version of the Scratch (programming language), which added higher order functions and true object inheritance for first-class sprites. With "CS10, The Beauty and Joy of Computing" at Berkeley he co-established the first course that's using BYOB and spread it to other colleges and high schools.


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  1. ^ Hafner, Kate (May 22, 2003). "Computing's Lost Allure". New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

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