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Memorial Tributes, Volume 11
and technology policy field—the acknowledged chief architect and dean of the discipline.
Harvey’s cross-cutting interests at the intersection of science and technology with policy were abundantly reflected in his trajectory at Harvard. He shepherded the newly formed, IBM-funded Program on Technology and Society from 1968 to 1972, and when he stepped down as dean of engineering and applied science in 1975 he became Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government. The following year he founded the Kennedy School’s Program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy in 1976 and directed it until his retirement in 1986. That program still flourishes today, guided in substantial part by Harvey’s ideas.
Harvey was the recipient of the Ernest O. Lawrence Award of the Atomic Energy Commission, the Philip Hauge Abelson Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other honors awards including six honorary doctorates.
For all of his erudition, experience, and distinction, though, Harvey was absolutely without arrogance or affectation. He invested tremendous effort in improving the thinking and writing of his students and colleagues (who were often tempted to publish the densely reasoned commentaries he produced on their drafts and throw the drafts away). Harvey cared about science and technology, about policy, about teaching, and about the intersection of these in making the world a better place. He never cared about who got the credit.
A much beloved scientist, engineer, dean, public intellectual, and advisor to three presidents and generations of policy practitioners and scholars, Harvey Brook had a lasting impact. He is sorely missed.