Harry Woolf

Past Director

Harry Woolf served as the Institute for Advanced Study’s fifth Director from 1976 to 1987, stepping down in 1987 to become Professor-at-Large and, in 1994, Professor-at-Large Emeritus. Under Woolf’s direction, the Institute achieved significant growth and development in all directions, including a substantial increase in the endowment of the Institute, notable changes in the presence of computer technology in academic research, the formalization of the Institute’s Director’s Visitors program, and the establishment of the Institute archives.

Dates at IAS

Director

Degrees

Cornell University
Ph.D.
1955
University of Chicago
M.A.
1949
University of Chicago
B.Sc.
1948

Honors

1983
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1977
Member, American Philosophical Society
Honorary degrees from Whitman College, American University, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Lawrence University

Appointments

Johns Hopkins University
1961–1976
Willis K. Shepard Professor of the History of Science (1961-1976); Chairman/History of Science Department (1961-1972); Provost (1972-1976)
University of Washington
1955–1961
Professor of the History of Science 1959–61, Associate Professor of History 1958–59; Assistant Professor of History 1955–58
Brandeis University
1954–1955
Instructor of History
Boston University
1953–1955
Instructor of Physics