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Deutch offered position at Harvard

By Jeremy Hylton

Harvard University has offered former Provost John M. Deutch '61 a tenured position in its Division of Applied Sciences, according to Albert Gold, associate dean of the division. Deutch, who is in Italy, was unavailable for comment.

Deutch was offered the Pierce professorship of technology and public policy, an endowed chair. He has been involved in the area of science and public policy for many years, including as an official in the Carter administration. Most recently, he was appointed to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which evaluates the quality of United States intelligence-gathering activities.

"The offering from Harvard is a very prestigious chair. It is a very attractive opportunity," said Henry D. Jacoby, outgoing chairman of the faculty and professor of management. Nevertheless, Jacoby said he would like to see Deutch stay at MIT. "I think he is an extremely valuable person, and has a lot to offer MIT," he said.

The Pierce chair has been vacant for some time, primarily because of a lack of qualified individuals. "It's hard to identify many first-rate people for a position like that, who aren't terribly well-settled somewhere. . . . Just a handful of people in the whole country might fit that position," explained Gold.

Gold described Deutch as an ardent scientist, who would have the opportunity to pursue both science and public policy at Harvard. "We would very much look forward to him joining us as a colleague," he said.

"I am enormously pleased to have the opportunity to join the Harvard faculty," Deutch told the Harvard Crimson. The applied sciences division at Harvard hopes to create a concentration combining science and economics, and make one or two faculty appointments, according to the article.