Sidney Harman

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Dr. HarmanName: Dr. Sidney Harman

Born: August 4, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec

Death: April 12, 2011 (Age: 92)

Computer-related contributions

  • American businessman active in education, government, industry, and Publishing.
  • Chairman Emeritus of Harman International Industries, Inc. and one of the most prominent figures in the consumer electronics industry in the 20th century.
  • He and his partner Bernard Kardon made the Festival D1000, the world's first integrated hi-fi receiver. Harman and Kardon founded Harman Kardon in 1953.
  • In August 2010, Harman bought Newsweek magazine from the Washington Post Company. He paid $1 and accepted the assumption of $47 million in liabilities.

Significant publications

  • Mind Your Own Business: A Maverick's Guide to Business, Leadership and Life (2003).
  • Starting With the People (1988).


"My own longevity emits from a love affair with life. I believe the way to get out of bed is with a leap and to hold the conviction that each day is going to be the greatest day of my life."