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Nicholas Negroponte co-founded MIT Media Laboratory in 1970s

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Professor Nicholas P. Negroponte is senior director of the MIT Media Laboratory, known around the world for innovative use of technology.

Professor Negroponte and Jerome B. Wiesner, MIT president from 1971-80, founded the Laboratory in the 1970s. Mr. Negroponte is the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. The Media Laboratory has more than 170 sponsors worldwide.

Professor Negroponte received bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from MIT in 1966, specializing in computer-aided design. Upon graduation, he joined MIT's faculty and two years later founded the Architecture Machine Group, a combination laboratory and think tank.

He is author of the best seller Being Digital, and serves on the board of directors of Motorola, Inc. He has provided start-up funds for more than 20 companies, including WiReD magazine, for which he wrote a column from 1993-98.

Senior Research Scientist Walter Bender succeeded Professor Negroponte as the Laboratory's executive director in September and Assistant Professor John Maeda replaced Mr. Bender as its associate director. Other noted faculty include Professors Marvin Minsky, Seymour Papert, Patricia Maes, Rosalind Picard, Joseph Jacobson, Tod Machover, Mitchel Resnick, Michael Hawley and Neil Gershenfeld.

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