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I. M. Pei at MIT - Tech Day 1994

Elemental MIT

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992.

Winston Churchill

At MIT's Mid-Century Convocation held in 1949—described as "an intellectual festival of monumental proportions"—Sir Winston Churchill gave a rousing keynote address titled Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress.

Ted C. Landsmark at MIT - The Black Architect's Journey 2007

MIT Dept. of Architecture conference features keynote speaker Dr. Ted Landsmark on the position of black architects in the U.S., and also celebrates its own Robert R. Taylor, first black graduate of MIT (SB 1892).

Mildred Dresselhaus

Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus provides an engaging introduction to the complex world of nanostructures, nanowires and thermoelectrics.

Gwen Ifill - 31st MLK Jr. Celebration MIT 2005: Justice & Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma

Pioneering political commentator, journalist and author Gwen Ifill delivers the event's keynote address, titled “Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma." 

Philip Morrison

Institute Professor Philip Morrison, renowned nuclear physicist, astronomer, filmmaker and public science figure, delivers a magical talk to MIT alumni during Technology Day in June 1994.

The Moon and MIT

Neil Armstrong & Robert Seamans Jr., MIT 1994 - Engineering Aspects of a Lunar Landing

Neil Armstrong and Bob Seamans recount experiences and challenges working on the Apollo Program, at the 25th annual Gardner Lecture on aeronautical history.

Interface for Apollo's computer.

This TV program details the equipment necessary to keep a spacecraft going in the right direction and the challenges involved in that task.

Rocket beginning to launch off pad

This footage is a home movie taken by Major Alexander P. de Seversky of the Apollo 11 launch and of those who were present at the event.

Looking at Earth from outer space.

This film depicts the preparation, launch and recovery of the Apollo spacecraft.

Giant Leaps Symposium at MIT - Apollo: Reflections & Lessons - AeroAstro 2009

Apollo program participants reflect on the legacy and lessons of the Moon landing, forty years later.

Joe Gavin Lunar Module Design & Apollo Program - MIT Lecture 1996

MIT alum Joseph Gavin recounts his experiences as director of the Apollo Lunar Module program.

 

MIT2016 Interviews

Anant Agarwal talks about his life and career

Anant Agarwal describes growing up in India, his career at MIT and his work with CSAIL. He also talks about his lifelong goal of educating a billion people.

Cynthia Breazeal talks about her career and her love for robotics

Cynthia Breazeal talks about her childhood love of robots, her career at MIT developing artificial intelligence and the commercial application of robotics in products such as Jibo.

Erich Caulfield

Erich Caulfield talks about growing up in the South, "Nerd Pride" at MIT, and his career in consulting.

Sallie Chisholm

Marine biologist Sallie Chisholm talks about her connection to Wood Holes Oceanographic Institute, the discovery of Prochloroccus, and her experience writing children's books.

Henrietta Davis talks about her many years of service to the city of Cambridge

Henrietta Davis outlines the town/gown relationship between MIT and Cambridge, the history of affordable housing in the city and her experiences in city politics as the former mayor.

Erik Demaine talks about his life and career

Erik Demaine describes his father’s impact on his education, his collaborative style of problem-solving and his love of origami.

MIT150 Interviews

Harold Abelson discusses his life and work related to OpenCourseWare

Harold Abelson speaks about his early life and education, interest in educational technology, and work in founding of OpenCourseWare.

MIT First Lady

Former MIT First Lady Rebecca Vest talks about her early life and her involvement with the MIT community.

Yung Ho Chang talks about his architecture career

Yung Ho Chang speaks about his architecture career in China and the United States.

Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his personal life, career and accomplishments

Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his work in physics and the responsibility a scientist has in today's society.

MIT Architecture

William Mitchell speaks about growing up in the Australian bush and his work in architecture.

Bill Hetcht

Bill Hecht talks about the role of alumni in the MIT community and his experiences with the Institute over the years.

From the Vault

The return of the Apollo Command Module to Earth is explained

This TV program examines the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module upon its return to Earth and the science that will keep it intact. 

Man holding model of iron

This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.

A lunar landing simulator at work.

This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.

Runners captured via strobe photography.

This documentary examines the life of Harold "Doc" Edgerton and his work with strobe photography to capture rapid motion on film.

Artillery brought from the frontlines of World War II to MIT.

This video is of the Victory and Science exhibition at MIT, a demonstration of World War II weapons and technology for the general public.

Drinking milk in zero gravity.

This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.

Nobel Laureates at MIT

Robert Solow describes his career in economics

Nobel Laureate Robert Solow reexamines his career in economics as both a professor and a policy adviser.

David Baltimore talks about his lifelong love of biology and his involvement in the Whitehead Institute

David Baltimore details the experiences in his youth that drew him to biology, the many medical applications of his research he has conducted, and his involvement in the Whitehead Institute and some of the challenges associated with its creation.

Samuel C.C. Ting

A conversation with the 1976 Nobel Laureate in Physics.

Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson, often called the "Father of Modern Economics," was an Institute Professor at MIT, an economic adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and the author of one of the most influential economics textbooks of all time.  

Chemistry

Richard Shrock talks about his personal contributions to experimental physics, some of the people he has worked with along the way and the usefulness of filmmaking for educational purposes.

Frank Wilczek talks about his work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics

One of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists, Frank Wilczek covers his upbringing in New York, his work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics and some of the benefits and drawbacks that come with such an accomplishment. He also discusses his time at MIT and his current projects.

Symposia and Conferences

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - “Opening Remarks”

The MIT Dean of Science, the LNS director and the conference chair open the anniversary symposium.

LNS 46 On the Matter of Particles - Victor Weisskopf, “My Life at LNS”

Victor ('Viki') Weisskopf, renowned for his contributions in the area of quantum electrodynamics, offers personal reminiscences on his life and work at MIT's LNS since its founding in 1946.

William Wallenmeyer, “LNS Through the Eyes of the Funders”

Bill Wallenmeyer, former director of the Division for High Energy Physics (HEP) at the U.S. Department of Energy, talks about working at the interface of science and government.

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Alan Guth, “Inflationary Cosmology”

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Prof. Alan Guth ofers a presenation on inflationary cosmology.

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Jerome I. Friedman, “New Horizons in Particle Physics”

Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate Jerome I. Friedman offers a presentation on cutting-edge research in physics.

 

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Henry W. Kendall, “Finding Quarks With Electron Beams”

Prof. Henry Kendall presents a talk on his Nobel-prizing-winning work using electron beams to locate quarks.

Energy, Environment, and Climate Change

A photograph taken with an underwater camera.

Professors Michael Triantafyllou, Franz Hover and John Leonard talk about the important Ocean Engineering work happening at MIT.

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Explorers of outer space speak about the experiences they have had off-planet.

Nuclear Energy

Richard Lester talks about the upside of using more nuclear energy, the Industrial Productivity Center, and more.

Nobel Laureates Eric Chivian & Mario Molina on Global Environmental Issues 2003

MIT Nobel Laureates Mario Molina and Eric Chivian address what they see as alarming environmental trends across the globe.

Susan Hockfield & Ernest Moniz - MIT Energy Forum: Taking on the Challenge - 2006

The MIT President and the Energy Research Council co-chair present the report resulting from the initial information-gathering phase of the MIT Energy Initiative.

Stephen Schneider MIT 2007 - Climate Forecast Uncertainties: Causes, Magnitudes, Policy Implications

Stanford Professor Stephen Schneider, MacArthur Fellow and ‘climate warrior,’ delivers the Kendall Memorial Lecture at MIT.