Paul E. Gray Inauguration (Sept. 26, 1980)
For more than 60 years, Paul E. Gray has been a part of MIT. Dr. Gray entered MIT as a freshman in 1950 and would earn his SB, SM, and ScD degrees in electrical engineering at MIT. He served on the faculty as an academic administrator, associate provost, dean of engineering, and chancellor before becoming the Institute’s 14th president on Sept. 26, 1980. Following his 10-year presidency, he served as chairman of the MIT Corporation, from 1990-1997. Dr. Gray remained devoted to MIT after his retirement from the chairmanship by resuming his teaching and advising roles. Among the programs at MIT that he helped to establish are the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Leaders for Manufacturing Program, and the affiliation with the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He was chairman of the Task Force on Educational Opportunity, 1968-1973, and encouraged curriculum reforms in the 1980s that strengthened the humanities, social sciences, and biology in the undergraduate curriculum. Watch highlights from the week-long celebration that accompanied Dr. Gray's inauguration at the From the Vault collection at TechTV. View more MIT150 videos at Multimedia.
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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