(1889–1971) Writer and broadcaster, born in London and educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He shot to prominence following the publication of The Ascent of Humanity (1929) and became a notable figure both in London intellectual circles and nationally, through his role as a science and current affairs commentator with the BBC. He was hailed as ‘one of the most penetrating minds in England’ by E. M. Forster and ‘the cleverest man in the world’ by Evelyn Waugh, but his most obvious influence was on Aldous Huxley, whose writings in the 1930s are clearly indebted to The Social Substance of Religion (1931), The Source of Civilization (1935), and other works by Heard. He emigrated to the USA in 1937 and continued to publish regularly.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.