Harlan E. Anderson is general partner of the Anderson Investment Company, founded in 1969 to provide venture capital to companies in technological fields. In the late 1950s Anderson co-founded the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was a member of the technical staff of Lincoln Laboratory at MIT. He has also served as director of technology for Time Inc. Anderson has served as director of many technological companies.
Anderson is a member of The George M. Low '48 Society of Patroons of Rensselaer and a recipient of the Rensselaer Alumni Association's Alumni Key Award in May 1990. He chaired the presidential search committee for Rensselaer's 17th president.
He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in engineering physics and a master's in Physics. Anderson received the University of Illinois College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering in 1989 and is a member of the College of Engineering Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the University of Illinois Foundation.
He has served as a trustee of many New Canaan community organizations, the King School of Stamford, Connecticut, and the Norwalk Community Technical College Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Harlan E. Anderson Foundation.