• MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer poses with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 28.

    MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer poses with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 28.

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It's a strike! Langer pitches one in for Sox

MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer poses with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 28.


Before taking the mound at Fenway Park last week to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Institute Professor Robert Langer figured he ought to practice a little. So his 12-year-old son, Sam, devised some stretching and throwing exercises and worked with Langer for a couple of days before the big moment.

The practice must have paid off, because Langer delivered a strike for the ceremonial first pitch before the July 28 Red Sox game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park.

"It was a real thrill to throw a strike in front of over 35,000 Red Sox fans, including a number of my students, at Fenway Park," Langer said. "I'm really honored the Red Sox selected me as a Medical All Star and asked me to throw out the ceremonial first pitch."

Before the pitch, the Red Sox public address announcer introduced Langer as "a world-renowned biomedical scientist (who) specializes in drug delivery systems and tissue engineering, while heading the largest biomedical engineering laboratory in the world at MIT."

Langer, who had to wait out a two-hour rain delay before throwing his pitch, describes himself as a big Red Sox fan and says he enjoys taking his sons, Sam and 16-year-old Michael, to games (his 15-year-old daughter, Susan, prefers to watch football). All three children, plus Langer's wife, Laura (Ph.D. 1989), attended Friday's game. The Sox lost, 8-3.

Langer holds more than 500 scientific patents and has published more than 800 research papers. Last month he was honored
by colleagues
at a symposium, "Celebrating Thirty Years of Robert Langer's Science."


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Faculty

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