Sidney Harman


Sidney Harman was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the first season, 2003-2004. Philanthropist, triumphant entrepreneur, government servant and steward of journalism, Sidney Harman, built Harman International Industries, Inc., a branded-audio and infotainment company.  Founded as Harmon-Kardon in 1953 by Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon – two men with a deep interest in music and the arts – the company helped create the high-fidelity audio industry. Their first product was an FM tuner, then the world’s first true high-fidelity receiver, followed by high quality speakers, sub-woofers, car stereo and computer speakers.

Harman played the key role in his company until formally retiring at age 88 in 2006. A few years later at the age of 91 Harman bought Newsweek magazine from the Washington Post Company. He died a year later (2011).

Harman is considered a pioneer in his industry. He wrote extensively on Productivity, Quality of Working Life and Economic Policy in Newsweek magazine, The Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. He is co-author of Starting With The People and author of Mind Your Own Business.

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