Sidney Harman was a polymath of our time. Presidential Professor Harman was founder and first chairman of the Academy for Polymathic Study, chairman of Newsweek, and founder/chairman emeritus of Harman International, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video products including digital navigation and information systems for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. He held a USC Presidential Chair and was the Isaias W. Hellman Professor of Polymathy. He was President of Friends World College, a worldwide experimental Quaker college, from 1970 – 1973 and served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce from 1977 – 1978. He founded the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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