Howard Gardner

  • Harvard University

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior director of Harvard Project Zero, where among other things he is investigating the nature of trust in contemporary society and ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media. Howard received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and universities, including institutions worldwide. In 2005 and again in 2008, he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. Howard has written 25 books, translated into 28 languages, and several hundred articles. His most recent book is Truth, Goodness and Beauty Reframed (2011). He is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments. Howard presented his work, “Can There Be Societal Trustees in America Today?” at the Forum’s 2004 Aspen Symposium. He earned his Ph.D. in social psychology at Harvard.