Howard E. Gruber (1922-2005), one of the world's foremost experts on the creative process, died in New York on January 25th of pneumonia. This website is devoted to his memory. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 9, 2005 in New York, at Columbia University's Teachers College's Millbank Chapel. Go here to see photos and the program from the event.

Photo of Howard Gruber from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

Professor Gruber, Jean Piaget & J. Jacques Vonche (from the cover of The Essential Piaget)

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Education, Arts, And Morality: Creative Journeys, edited by Doris B. Wallace, is now available from Springer (ISBN: 0306486709). Inspired by Howard Gruber’s Evolving Systems Approach, these studies explore creativity in several domains. The idea that the creative person embodies a system of loosely coupled sub-systems – knowledge, purpose, and affect that work together, is viewed here in different chapters that explore this concept. These include autobiographies of incarcerated youth, curricula for moral and civic responsibility, changing attitudes of readers to text (romance novels), as well as case studies of highly creative individuals, such as George Bernard Shaw. Gruber’s approach provides concepts as well as methodological tools which the authors apply to diverse creative processes. This book is a valuable resource for undergraduate as well as graduate level students interested in creativity, development and education. In addition to the intrinsic interest of each chapter, the guiding theme of the book is the underlying theory of creativity, Gruber’s Evolving Systems Approach, and illustrates the unusual breadth and flexibility of that theory. [from]

Thanks to the urging of the Max-Planck Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science, two Howard Gruber book projects are underway, both to be published by Springer-Verlag (Dordrecht, Holland): 1) Psychology, Creativity, and the History of Science, Selected papers by Howard E. Gruber, co-edited by Gruber and Katja Boedeker (Berlin) [order from Amazon here]; and 2) a third edition of Darwin on Man. Thanks to Doris Wallace for this welcome news.