Roger Fisher (1922-2012) was the Samuel Williston Professor of Law emeritus at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He specialized in negotiation and content management, and worked on the Marshall Plan in Paris under W. Averell Harriman before even having finished his degree. Fisher and his students at the Harvard Negotiation Project (founded in 1979) began interviewing people who were known as skilled negotiators in order to understand what made them effective. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Roger Fisher and his colleagues taught courses on negotiation and conflict management at Harvard, but they also worked as advisors on real negotiations and conflicts of all types, worldwide; including peace processes, hostage crises, diplomatic negotiations, and commercial and legal negotiations and disputes. He has been published extensively in academia and has also co-written numerous popular and best-selling books on deal-making and negotiation.