Howard Gardner Factoids:
Dr Gardner has been named one of the World's Top 100 Leading Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in 2008. Wall Street Journal also named him one of the Top 5 Influential Business Thinkers. Most recently, he was bestowed with the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences, which aims "to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work.
One of his most influential books, Frames of Mind, published over 25 years ago, put forth this theory of Multiple Intelligences and propelled him to worldwide fame.
As a young boy, Dr Gardner was a
dedicated Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He learned music formally and later
became a promising young pianist, good enough to start a career in
Dr Gardner entered Harvard college in
September 1961 where he initially started off as a history major, but
later, under the influence of the charismatic psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, he switched to clinical psychology. Later under Jerome Bruner and after reading Jean Piaget he turned to cognitive developmental psychology.
In 1965, he also spent a year reading sociology and philosophy at the London School of Economics.
He was back in Harvard in 1966 where he met the distinguished philosopher Nelson Goodman, who in 1967 established a research group at the Graduate School of Education called Project Zero,
which focused on systematic studies of artistic thought and creativity.
Gardner was a founding member of the group and has remained there ever
since, serving for twenty years as its Co-Director.