Charles W. Eliot

The author of Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect, was his father, Charles W. Eliot (1834–1926), the dynamic, reforming president of Harvard College from 1869–1909. Having taken his family to Europe in the 1860s to study both laboratory practices and educational pedagogy, Eliot was appointed president of Harvard at age thirty-five. He revised the classical curriculum to include an elective system of expanded course offerings and introduced graduate and professional programs, providing a more modern and scientific template for advanced education. These additions included the first graduate program in landscape architecture and regional planning, inspired by the work of his son.