Howard Gardner
Harvard University
Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education

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Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a leading thinker about education and human development; he has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, synthesizing, the arts. His recent research in on American higher education and on 'good work' and 'good citizenship'. He has received honorary degrees from thirty-one colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea and Spain. Gardner’s most recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds,The Development and Education of the Mind, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, and Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed. A recent book, co-authored with Katie Davis, is The App Generation, published in the fall of 2013. In 2020, MIT Press will publish his intellectual memoir A Synthesizing Mind. He is the winner of the 1990 Grawmeyer Award in Education, 2011 Asturias Prize in Social Science, and the 2015 Brock International Prize in Education. A Festschrift marking Gardner's 70th birthday is available online at, as is further information about this unique text. With Wendy Fischman he has recently completed data collection for a national study of higher education. Emerging findings are available on the blog Life-Long Learning at

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