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Henry Rosovsky is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.  From 1973 to 1984, and again from 1990 to 1991, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. After stepping down from the Dean’s position he become a member of Harvard’s governing body, the Harvard Corporation, from 1985 to 1997. Henry Rosovsky was the Acting President of Harvard University in 1984 to 1987.


In 2000, Rosovsky chaired the Task Force on Higher Education and Society with Mamphela Ramphele. The Task Force was convened by the World Bank and UNESCO to explore the future of higher education in developing countries. Its report was published as Higher Education in Developing Countries: Peril and Promise.

He taught economics, history and Japanese and Korean studies at the University of California at Berkeley from 1958 until 1965. He has taught as a visiting professor in Japan and Israel and has worked variously as a consultant with the United States government, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and UNESCO. He has authored Capital Formation in Japan (1961), Quantitative Japanese Economic History (1961), Japanese Economic Growth (with K. Ohkawa, 1973) and The University: An Owner's Manual (1990). He also edited Industrialization in Two Systems (1961), Discord in the Pacific (1972), Asia's New Giant: How the Japanese Economy Works (with H. Patrick, 1976), Favorites of Fortune (with P. Higonnet andD. Landes, 1991) and The Political Economy of Japan: Cultural and Social Dynamics (with Shumpei Kumon, 1992).


He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French Government in 1984, and the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Star) by the Emperor of Japan.


He received his B.A. degree from the College of William and Marry and his Ph.D. from Harvard.