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John M. Deutch ’61, PhD ’66

Institute Professor, emeritus

Professor of Chemistry

Provost, 1985 - 1990

 

Institute Professor, emeritus

Professor of Chemistry

Provost, 1985 - 1990

 

John M. Deutch ’61, PhD ’66
Institute Professor, emeritus
Professor of Chemistry
Provost, 1985 – 1990
Dean of the School of Science 1982 – 1985

John Deutch combines a long and distinguished career in both academe and public service. With academic degrees in history, economics, chemical engineering, and chemistry, he served as head of the Department of Chemistry, dean of the School of Science, and provost at MIT. Professor Deutch has published more than 140 articles related to physical chemistry and he contributes to the fields of technology, energy policy, and nuclear power. He has served the federal government in the US Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and as former director of the CIA.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Early graduate work with Irving Oppenheimer.
  • Work in polymer solutions, fluid interfaces and liquid crystal solvents, and energy technology.
  • Involvement in the MIT Energy Initiative.
  • Decision to eliminate the Department of Applied Biological Sciences.
  • Perceptions of MIT culture over 40 years.

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