HENRY ROBINSON LUCE, one of America's great publishers, was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time magazine. His other magazines included Fortune, Life, and Sports Illustrated, and he founded Time-Life Books. In 1936, Mr. Luce established the Henry Luce Foundation as a tribute to his parents, the Reverend Dr. Henry Winters Luce and Elizabeth Root Luce. The foundation derived most of its assets from his estate following his death in 1967.
The HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION, which was led by HENRY LUCE III from 1990 until 2002, seeks to encourage academic innovation and creativity through integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research in American private higher education. The Luce Professorship was created to bring to Hopkins a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Philosophy who, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, would develop an interdisciplinary program in bio-medicine and the humanities for both undergraduate and graduate students at the Krieger School. Mr. Luce died in 2005.