Our Far-Flung Alumni: Peter Suber (’73)

May 24, 2013

May 21, 2013—The Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), starting July 1, 2013. Suber will continue his current activities as director of the Harvard Open Access Project, based at the Berkman Center, as well as his affiliations as a Berkman faculty fellow, senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and research professor of philosophy at Earlham College.

DSC00681That is how the announcement from the Harvard University Library begins. You can read the rest of it here, including this sentence:

According to Shieber, Peter Suber is the world expert on open access; he literally wrote the book on the topic (Open Access, 2012, MIT Press).

Shieber is Stuart Shieber, the Welch Professor of Computer Science in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the founding faculty director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard.

Peter earned his B.A. from Earlham in 1973 with a major in philosophy.  He earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern in Philosophy in 1978, and then a J.D. also from Northwestern in 1982.  From 1976 to 1981, he also worked as a stand-up comic , including an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1976.

He joined the Earlham faculty and over the next two decades taught courses in philosophy, computer science and legal studies.

Peter along with his wife Liffy Thorpe, a professor of classics and humanities at Earlham, departed from Earlham in 2003 to live, work and raise their daughters in Maine. He retains an appointment as Research Professor at Earlham.  Since then he has worked tirelessly on promoting open access to scholarly communications.

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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