The Center for Science and the Common Good, The Lecture Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Ursinus College presents Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. Former NASA Astronaut.
Defining himself as a “dreamer who believes nothing is impossible,” Dr. Harris is a NASA astronaut, physician, and businessman. A native Texan born in 1956, Harris earned a doctorate of medicine from Texas Tech University. Trained as an aerospace flight surgeon, he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic, a fellowship at the NASA Ames Research Center, and was payload commander of STS-63, the first flight of the joint Russian-American space program.
Dr. Harris served as Vice President of SPACEHAB, Inc., where he was involved in business development and marketing of the company’s space-based products and services. He currently is president of The Harris Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 1998 to develop math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth.
The Center for Science and the Common Good at Ursinus College exists to foster a campus-wide conversation about issues arising at the intersection of science and society. That conversation is part of the College’s larger mission to provide a liberal education in judgment and character. The Center begins its second year this fall with the support of a major grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


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