The influence of Rex Harlow on the PR Profession

Dozens of women and men who've had a major influence on our field have been left out of most texts covering PR history. Such is the case with Rex Harlow (1903–1993), who wrote 50 PR books, taught PR courses at Stanford University and founded the American Council on Public Relations (which later merged with the National Association of Public Relations Counsel to become the Public Relations Society of America). An early advocate for utilizing psychology and sociology in PR research, he founded two industry journals: The Social Science Reporter and The Public Relations Journal. In 1972, Harlow collected and analyzed no less than 472 definitions of public relations, something that's been done repeatedly over the following 44 years. Read more: