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Woolf received a Bachelor of Science (1948) and a Master of Arts (1949) from the University of Chicago.
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In 1955 Woolf got a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Woolf received a Bachelor of Science (1948) and a Master of Arts (1949) from the University of Chicago. In 1955 he got a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University.
From 1953 to 1976, Harry Woolf taught physics and the history of science at Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Washington before moving to Johns Hopkins, where he was Willis K. Shepard Professor of history of science from 1961 to 1976. He became provost in 1972. Woolf was also a visiting professor at universities in India and six West African countries.
He wrote "The Transits of Venus: A Study of Eighteenth-Century Science" (1959) and was the editor of "Quantification: A History of the Meaning of Measurement in the Natural and Social Sciences" (1961).
From 1958 to 1964, he was editor of ISIS: An International Review Devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influences.
Woolf served as director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey from 1976 to 1987, during which time his fund-raising skills enabled the renowned graduate research institute to more than triple its endowment. He remained there as a professor until 1994.
Woolf was an active board member and consultant to a broad spectrum of academic organizations and research facilities, including the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Brookhaven National Laboratories, Family Health International, Spacelabs Medical, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Woolf was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Woolf had two daughters, Susan and Sara, and two sons, Alan and Aaron.