From the Farm to MIT
After watching the Infinite History interviews, we learned that a surprising number of MIT professors and alumni spent their childhoods in farming communities. These rural experiences shaped their technological careers and work. In order of initial appearance are: William Pounds, Philip Sharp, Joel Moses, Lester Thurow, Leo Beranek, Richard Larson, John Ochsendorf, Candace Royer, Raymond Stata, William Mitchell, Paul Samuelson, Gene Brown, Mary Frances Wagley and Jay Forrester. View full catalog of Infinite History interviews at the MIT150 website. View more Elemental MIT videos.
The Ecosystem: Nurturing Entrepreneurship at MIT
How do the innovative technologies developed at MIT change the world? How are new drugs brought to market, new energy solutions deployed, and new information technology products distributed? The answer is innovation-based entrepreneurship. From its founding, MIT has been an engine of both local and global economic growth, playing a key role in the creation of thousands of companies and millions of jobs. More recently, MIT sits at the center of an entrepreneurial boom due to an "entrepreneurial ecosystem"—an informal network of groups dedicated to nurturing and encouraging entrepreneurship. The Ecosystem: Nurturing Entrepreneurship at MIT looks at the development of this ecosystem, how it works, and the role it plays in MIT's ongoing commitment to creating innovations that make a difference. View the Documentary Shorts collection.
Landing on the Moon - Science Reporter TV Series (1966)
This 1966 Science Reporter television program details the development and construction of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), the only vehicle of the three Apollo spacecraft modules that actually lands on the moon. Project engineer Thomas Kelly gives a tour of the LEM at Grumman Aircraft in Long Island, NY, and demonstrates the LEM Automatic Checkout System, while test pilot Robert Smyth demonstrates the lunar landing simulator via an electronic computer-controlled model of the Moon. The program is presented by MIT in association with WGBH-TV Boston, and hosted by MIT reporter John Fitch; it was produced for NASA. MIT Museum Collections. View more MIT150 videos at Multimedia.
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