RIJS People Faculty
Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Emeritus
Born in the Free City of Danzig in 1927, Professor Rosovsky received his A.B degree in 1949 from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard in 1959. He taught economics, history and Japanese and Korean studies at the University of California at Berkeley until 1965. Thereafter, his Harvard service has been lifelong, with the most important of his numerous positions including Professor of Economics (1965-1996), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (1973-1991), and, briefly in both 1984 and 1987, Acting President of Harvard. Professor Rosovsky has received many achievement awards and honorary degrees and has been a member of numerous professional associations, advisory boards and corporate boards. 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. Along with many articles, Professor Rosovsky is the author of 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 and D. Landes, 1991) and The Political Economy of Japan: Cultural and Social Dynamics (with Shumpei Kumon, 1992).