Harvey Jerome Brudner

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Harvey Jerome Brudner
Harvey Jerome Brudner on April 12, 2007 at the Somerset Diner on Easton Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey.jpg
Brudner in 2007
Vice President of Research and Development
Westinghouse Learning
In office
Dean of Science and Technology
New York Institute of Technology
In office
Personal details
Born (1931-05-29)May 29, 1931
Brooklyn, New York City
Died September 15, 2009(2009-09-15) (aged 78)
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Helen Gross (m. 1964–2009)
Education New York University (Ph.D. 1959)
Occupation Engineer
Known for Information theory
Website Brudner blog

Harvey Jerome Brudner (May 29, 1931 - September 15, 2009) was a theoretical physicist and engineer. He was the dean of science and technology of the New York Institute of Technology from 1962 to 1964.[1] He was president of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, and the Highland Park, New Jersey Centennial Commission.[2][3][4] He was an early proponent of using computers in the classroom.[5][6] For many years he wrote on Babylonian mathematics.[7][8][9]


Brudner was born in Brooklyn, New York City on May 29, 1931 to Anna Fidelman (1901-1963) and Joseph Brudner (1898-1968?), and he had a brother, Sol B. Brudner.[1] Joseph had emigrated from Austria in June 1908, and Anna and Joseph married on January 23, 1927 in Manhattan. Harvey received his B.S. in Engineering Physics in 1952 and graduated cum laude from New York University.[1] Two years later, in 1954, he received his M.S. in physics, and then his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1959, both from New York University.[1][10]

He was president of Medical Development, Inc. originally in Jersey City, New Jersey and later in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1962. In 1962 he hired one of people sent to New York City in a reverse freedom ride.[11][12][13] Brudner then was professor, and later the Dean of Science and Technology at the New York Institute of Technology from 1962 to 1964. He moved to the American Can Company in 1964 and stayed till 1967. He became vice president of research and development at Westinghouse Learning Corporation, a computer service and training consulting firm owned by Westinghouse Electric, from 1967 to 1971. From 1971 to 1976 he was President of Westinghouse Learning Corporation.[14][6][15][16] He was made a fellow of the IEEE in 1978, "for leadership in the development and application of computers and electronic, audio-visual systems in education and training."[17]

He later was the President of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, in New Brunswick, New Jersey from 1985 to the present.[18][19] [20] He was also President of the Highland Park, New Jersey Centennial Commission.[3][21][22]

He died on September 15, 2009 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[1]



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  1. ^ a b c d e "Harvey Jerome Brudner". Bergen Record. September 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. Brudner, Harvey J., PhD, 78, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. He was born and raised in New York City and lived for many years in Highland Park, NJ. Dr. Brudner received B.S. degrees in Engineering and Physics and graduated cum laude from New York University in 1952. ... 
  2. ^ "Famous 'Tree' poem originates at U.". Daily Targum. Retrieved 2008-04-14. Harvey J. Brudner, president of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, said a student had to pass the entire year of courses during the time that Kilmer went to school in order to progress to the next year. Unfortunately, Kilmer was not the best math student and was told he had to repeat his sophomore year. Instead of repeating every course, he and his parents decided it was best for him to change schools. He then became a student at Columbia in New York City. ... Brudner worked with Kenton Kilmer, Joyce Kilmer's son, in 1986 to establish the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission. Brudner said of Kenton Kilmer, 'The more I studied with him about the background of his father, I realized the more important the life of Joyce Kilmer will be when understood.' 
  3. ^ a b Holtzman, Elias (November 29, 2007). "It's hard to imagine a world without trees.". Home News Tribune. Master of ceremonies was Dr. Harvey J. Brudner of Highland Park, a retired scientist and physicist, who is an Alliance director and a long time aficionado of Kilmer. Since 1985 Brudner has been curator of the Kilmer birthplace house. He remains head of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, established to honor the 100th year of Kilmer's birth. ... At 76, Brudner could be described as a man of varied interests. He has written about solving virtually implacable mathematical problems, using theories that go back to the early Babylonians. Talk to him any length of time and you will get an explanation of how the Babylonians — about a thousand years before the Greeks and using their own system — were able to solve what came to be known as the Pythagorean Theorem, by simply using the numbers 2 and 8. 
  4. ^ Rutgers; The Daily Targum; Borough children celebrate 100 years; "Also in attendance was Harvey Brudner, a former University professor and current president of both the Highland Park Centennial Commission and the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission."
  5. ^ "Computer-Managed Instruction". Science. 162 (3857): 970–976. November 29, 1968. doi:10.1126/science.162.3857.970. The use of computers as a teacher's aid may entirely revolutionize the field of education. 
  6. ^ a b Jenkins, Evan (April 30, 1978). "Computers Programmed for a Revolution.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-14. It has been 'almost an ignored revolution,' in the words of Harvey J. Brudner, a former president of Westinghouse Learning Corporation, ... From his own surveys, Dr. Brudner concludes that almost two million American ... Dr. Brudner said that expenditures on educational computing had more than ... 
  7. ^ Madore, Jason (November 16, 2001). "A statue as lovely as a tree". Metuchen Edison, The Review and the Highland Park Herald. Dr. Harvey J. Brudner, a Highland Park resident who is the founder and president of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission ... 
  8. ^ "Highland Park man puts new twist on old math". Herald Reporter. February 22, 2002. Good things happen to Harvey Brudner when he travels ... 
  9. ^ Melisurgo, Lenny (February 11, 1995). "Kenton Kilmer, son of Jersey poet, dies at 85". Star Ledger. Harvey J. Brudner, a Highland Park resident who heads the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission ... 
  10. ^ Who's Who in Science and Engineering; 8th edition
  11. ^ "Negro 'Ride' Plan Stirs New Furor.". New York Times. April 25, 1962. Retrieved 2008-04-15. Javits Hits Segregationists' Bid To Send 1,000 North. Donors Not Named. Negro 'Ride' Plan Stirs New Furor Warns Other Negroes. Hebert Sees Hypocrisy. Javits and Keating Critical. Boyd 'Couldn't Be Happier' New Orleans A proposal to send a 'freedom train' up North carrying 1,000 Negroes on a free one-way ride away from segregation in the South drew new cries of outrage and support today. ... The company, which plans to manufacture medical electronic equipment, offered Mr. Boyd the job through its president, Dr. Harvey J. Brudner, of New ... 
  12. ^ Robertson, Nan (June 13, 1962). "120 Negroes Took 'Free Ride' North. White Council Had Hoped to Send 1,000 City Got 32.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-15. The plan of the segregationist White Citizens Councils to ship at least 1,000 impoverished Negroes to the North in "reverse Freedom Rides" has fallen far short of its goal. ... it was learned that Mr. Boyd was still on the payroll of Harvey J. Brudner, president of Medical Developments, Inc., in Fort Lee, New Jersey. 
  13. ^ "Negro Sent Here Given Bad Check. Father Of 8 Is Owed Pay. Employer In Hospital.". New York Times. May 12, 1962. Retrieved 2008-04-15. Louis Boyd, the Negro father of eight whose family was the first to reach New York on bus tickets paid for by Southern segregationists, did not work yesterday for the third straight day. ... Harvey J. Brudner, president of the company, has been confined to a hospital ... 
  14. ^ Pula, Fred John (1972). Technology in Education: Challenge and Change. Worthington, Ohio: Charles A. Jones Pub. Co. ISBN 0-8396-0007-0. Harvey J. Brudner is vice president and director of research and development for the Westinghouse Learning Corporation, New York. ... 
  15. ^ "Papers of John V. McMillin II". University of Iowa. Retrieved 2008-04-16. Later yet, I was awarded the princely sum of $200 by WLC, Harvey J. Brudner, as an honorarium for this Patent Disclosure. 
  16. ^ "Sexual Stereotyping Of Jobs Discouraging.". The Lima News. June 5, 1974. Westinghouse claims she lacked experience. We'd been grooming her for that kind of job, but she isn't at that level says Harvey Brudner, president of Westinghouse Learning Corp. ... 
  17. ^ "Fellows Class of 1978: Harvey J. Brudner". IEEE. Retrieved 2007-12-23. For leadership in the development and application of computers and electronic, audio-visual systems in education and training. 
  18. ^ "A Way Station On His Road To Immortality.". Philadelphia Enquirer. December 7, 1986. Joyce Kilmer? Never heard of her, was the oft-repeated response. ... 'We hope to use this 100th-birthday commemoration to make people more aware of Kilmer and his writings,' said Harvey Brudner, an engineer and historian who ... 
  19. ^ Mitgang, Herbert (December 5, 1986). "Tree at Rutgers marks Joyce Kilmer's centennial". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-14. Tomorrow an anyone-can-join-it parade will take place in New Brunswick, with a couple of bands, arborists, Girl Scouts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the dozen or so members of the local Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, headed by Dr. Harvey Brudner, an engineer and historian, leading off. ... 
  20. ^ Gallato, Anthony (July 29, 1993). "A Time to Re-Joyce". Star Ledger. Harvey Brudner, a retired Highland Park engineer who is chairman of the Middlesex County Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission, said, ... 
  21. ^ "Happy Birthday, Joyce Kilmer". Home News Tribune. December 7, 2006. Harvey J. Brudner, of Highland Park, president of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission ... 
  22. ^ Let us all now praise good men -- and Highland Park; Home News Tribune November 20, 2003