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  • Wind, war and weathermen

    How a Swedish <em>bon vivant</em> let MIT introduce modern meteorology to America — just in time to help the Allies win World War II.

    June 7, 2011
  • The house of the day after tomorrow

    A 1948 solar house designed by women stole the show at a 1950 symposium.

    March 16, 2011
  • The birth of electrical engineering

    The creation of the first electrical-engineering curriculum may have said as much about MIT’s educational philosophy as it did about the pace of innovation.

    March 9, 2011
  • When the butterfly effect took flight

    Half a century ago, Edward Lorenz SM '43, ScD '48, overthrew the idea of the clockwork universe with his ground-breaking research on chaos. Now MIT professors are working to establish a climate research center in his name.

    March 2, 2011
  • I'm still here

    World-renowned architect I. M. Pei '40 — whose work can be seen across campus — is still designing buildings in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East, following the sun and an inner light.

    February 23, 2011
  • A difference maker

    Vannevar Bush PhD ’16, a unique figure in American history, transformed his country’s scientific establishment during its wartime hour of need.

    February 16, 2011
  • Going head to head

    Mechanical-engineering competition set the stage for a variety of competitive classes and events at MIT and elsewhere.

    February 9, 2011
  • A foundation for building

    How MIT’s first African-American graduate, Robert Taylor, became a prominent architect and brought the MIT philosophy across regional and racial barriers.

    February 2, 2011
  • A life filled with firsts

    Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first female graduate and faculty member, opened the door for women in science, and founded ecology and home economics along the way.

    January 26, 2011
  • Prodigy of probability

    Norbert Wiener gained fame as the father of cybernetics, but his earlier work on statistical descriptions of complex systems may prove more important.

    January 19, 2011
  • Canned, good

    More than 100 years ago, 2 pioneering scientists figured out how to keep canned food safe.

    January 12, 2011