Spring of 1995
John H. Harbison, the noted composer who is Class of 1949 Professor in the Music and Theater Arts Section of the Department of Humanities, has been selected by his MIT faculty colleagues to be the 1994–95 recipient of the James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, the faculty's highest accolade to one of its own colleagues. "John Harbison was born in Orange, NJ, into a musically inclined family. He was improvising on the piano by five years of age, and started a jazz band when he was 12. John did his undergraduate work at Harvard, earned his MFA at Princeton, and had recently finished as a Junior Fellow, again at Harvard, when he came down the river to MIT's faculty in 1969. He has been here ever since, becoming a full professor in 1979 and the Class of 1949 Professor five years later. Read more at MIT News.