Dr. Sidney Harman
Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2011)–Dr. Sidney Harman, industry icon and Chairman Emeritus of Harman International Industries, has died at age 92, of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. He was diagnosed with the affliction a month ago, staying active as executive chairman of Newsweek till his passing.
Dr. Harman (Ph.D., education) led a storied life, variously active in manufacturing, education, government, philanthropy and publishing. He co-founded Harman Kardon in 1953, subsequently producing the first component Hi-Fi stereo receiver. After selling his holdings in Harman Kardon in the late ’70s, Dr. Harman reacquired a portion of his struggling former companies. Through expansion and acquisition, technology and innovation remained the focus of what is now the publicly traded Harman International, incorporating professional audio (including brands JBL, Lexicon, AKG Acoustics, dbx, Digitech, BSS, Studer, Soundcraft and Crown), consumer and automotive electronics.
Dr. Harman served President Jimmy Carter as U.S. deputy secretary of Commerce, 1977-78. He is well known for generous, philanthropic activities, including support for the arts. He has widely influenced corporate workplace management and business strategy. His educational endeavors included serving as the Chairman of the Academy for Polymathic Study at the University of Southern California. Last year, Dr. Harman purchased the struggling Newsweek magazine, and later the web news portal, The Daily Beast, blending the two operations.
Pro Sound News is gathering industry reaction for subsequent coverage and tribute.