Howard Gardner

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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 on education and human development; he has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics.  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. A MacArthur Prize Fellow in 1981, he is the winner of the 1990 Grawmeyer Award in Education, 2011 Asturias Prize in Social Science, the 2015 Brock International Prize in Education, and the 2021 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. With Wendy Fischman, Gardner has recently completed a national study of higher education. A book on the study, The Real World of College, was published in March, 2022 by MIT Press. He also directed an international study of the United World Colleges, a network of secondary schools. Other recent books by Gardner include Good Work; Changing Minds; The Development and Education of the Mind; Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons; Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed; and The App Generation, co-authored with Katie Davis. His intellectual memoir, A Synthesizing Mind, was published in 2020 by MIT Press. A festschrift marking Gardner’s 70th birthday is available online at as is further information about this unique text. His current work can be followed at

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