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Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Talks Pandemic Economics at MIT

Noble Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz is one of the world’s leading economists and economic educators. In 2001, Stiglitz was awarded the iconic award because of his pioneering work on asymmetric information, which considers the broad effects of decision-making in transactions in which one side has better information than the other…

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Father Of ‘Big Bang Theory’ Georges Lemaître Lays Groundwork At MIT

For most people, the name Georges Lemaître probably doesn’t ring any bells. Yet Lemaître –Belgian Catholic priest, WWI military hero, theoretical physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics –- was one of the most influential scientists of his generation. Born in 1894, Lemaître was a pioneer in offering a new conception of the cosmos, in a career that spanned the better part of forty years…

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Mario Draghi: When In Rome, Do As The MIT Grads Do

As Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Draghi is faced with the daunting task of leading his beleaguered country out of the economic and health crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A native of Rome, Draghi is best known for his exceptional tenure as President of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2011 to 2019…

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Claude Shannon Founded Digital Circuit Design Theory Through MIT Studies

Known as “the father of information theory,” Claude Shannon laid the foundation for the entire communication infrastructure underlying the modern information age when he published his landmark paper, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” in 1948. In that paper, Shannon theorized that the content of a message simply consists of the number of 1s and 0s it takes to transmit it…

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First MIT Female Astronaut Janice Voss Passes Baton At Alma Mater

Janice Voss (1956-2012) decided her career path at age six after reading Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” a book featuring a woman scientist and adventurer. Voss would go on to become one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts. Selected for training in 1990 as the first female astronaut from MIT, during the course of her career Voss logged almost 49 days in space…

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