Education: Fifty Years of Excellence

Harvard's select Society of Fellows celebrates its founding in 1933

Economist Wassily Leontief likens the selection to being chosen for paradise. No one can apply. The elect must be recommended by leaders in their field as fledgling scholars of great promise. For three years they pursue knowledge, free of institutional bureaucracy and the responsibility of teaching. Life is intellectually strenuous but not spartan; besides meeting for their casual, animated lunches, the scholars gather once a week to share sherry around a large table once owned by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Distinguished alumni include...

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