• MIT President Susan Hockfield speaks to the incoming freshmen during Convocation.

    MIT President Susan Hockfield speaks to the incoming freshmen during Convocation.

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Class of 2013 formally welcomed

MIT President Susan Hockfield speaks to the incoming freshmen during Convocation.

MIT President Susan Hockfield evoked the research, teaching
and technological contributions of English scientist Michael Faraday on Sunday,
Aug. 29, as she formally welcomed the Class of 2013 and their families to the
Institute community.


In her address to the freshman convocation, Hockfield called Faraday's approach to his work "very MIT,” describing him as a "fearless and untiring experimentalist — the greatest of his age and among the greatest of any other." The president noted that many of the recent research achievements by MIT faculty can be directly traced back to Faraday’s important discoveries — and she urged incoming students to follow in his path.

“Let us remember that he is united with us not only by what he achieved, but by how he achieved it: his fascination with nature and his endless capacity for good, old-fashioned hard work; his daring intellectual leaps and painstaking experimentation; his patient attention and impatient creativity; his irrepressible desire to help others see as clearly as he did — and to use his knowledge for the good of all,” she said.


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