The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded shortly before the American Civil War and universally known as “MIT,” is located just across the Charles River from downtown Boston. Starting from the MIT campus, if you walk, cycle, or drive in a westerly direction along Massachusetts Avenue (“Mass Ave,” to the locals), or ride the Red Line underneath it, you soon arrive at Harvard Square, with the bulk of the town of Cambridge sandwiched in between. Thus, MIT is not unlike a bookend paired with Harvard, geographically speaking, and academically speaking, as well, it looks upon itself very much as the equal of the older school.
The main difference, of course, is MIT’s greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. This may be seen, above all, in the whopping 96 Nobel Laureates associated with the school, including such stellar names in physics as:
MIT-connected Nobel Laureates in chemistry include:
Among those awarded the Prize for their work in physiology or medicine are:
MIT also boasts 26 Turing Award recipients (second only to Stanford), including:
As for mathematics, MIT can claim eight Fields Medalists, including:
But MIT is not just about the STEM disciplines, important as they are. It is also highly respected for several of its social sciences departments, especially economics and linguistics.
In economics, MIT people include:
As for linguistics, suffice it to say that MIT has been the academic home of Noam Chomsky since 1955. This fact alone has been enough to turn MIT into Ground Zero of the deep structure/transformational grammar revolution in the study of human language during the 1950s and 1960s, and a veritable Mecca for generations of students ever since. Chomsky’s theoretical innovations, which swept away most intellectual opposition decades ago, continue to this day to provide the basic conceptual framework for linguistics as an academic discipline.
Among MIT – connected philosophers, we may mention Saul Kripke and Hubert Dreyfus.
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On Campus Crime Rates
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Who are Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Most influential alumni?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s most academically influential people include Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, and Norbert Wiener.
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