Howard holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. He was the Founding Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics from 1999–2007.

Following his unique experiences of building a world-class research institute from scratch, he wrote First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute with a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

In 2012 he founded Ideas Roadshow, an award-winning multimedia initiative for which he has hosted in-depth filmed conversations with more than 100 top experts across the arts and sciences. Those conversations have been carefully edited in both video and print format, producing over 1,000 videos and 120 books. 

Building on the award-winning success of Ideas Roadshow, Howard launched Ideas on Film in 2021.

This is an expanded platform for a wide spectrum of ideas-based projects, from full-length documentaries to filmed intellectual biographies to animated features.