Director of Harvard University's undergraduate computer science program. Also an author, he published such books as Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion and Excellence Without A Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education.
He graduated from Harvard University with Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D degrees in applied mathematics. He began teaching at his alma mater in the mid 1970s.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, he served as Harvard College's Dean.
He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.