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Paul E. Gray ’54, SM ’55, ScD ’60 (Part 2)

MIT President, 1980 - 1990

Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 1990 - 1997

MIT President, 1980 - 1990

Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 1990 - 1997

Paul E. Gray ’54, SM ’55, ScD ’60 (Part 2)
MIT President 1980 – 1990
Chairman of the MIT Corporation 1990 – 1997
Professor of Electrical Engineering, emeritus

Paul Gray has been part of MIT for more than 60 years, having earned here his SB, SM, and ScD degrees in electrical engineering. He served on the faculty as an academic administrator, associate provost, dean of engineering, and chancellor before becoming the Institute’s fourteenth president. Dr. Gray’s administration expanded the university’s industrial relations and developed major research in the areas of communications, health sciences and technology, microelectronics, and brain and cognitive science. Dr. Gray helped to establish the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Leaders for Manufacturing Program, and MIT’s relationship with the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His public service record includes membership on the Council’s Panel on the Health of Universities and the White House Science Council.

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Challenges he faced as MIT’s associate provost during the Vietnam War.
  • Thoughts on his work collaborating with the Africa Internet Technology Initiative.
  • Discussion of his relationship with his wife, Priscilla, and the mark she left at MIT.
  • Views on how MIT strengthened its international ties during his presidency.
  • Evaluation of the difficulties he faced as president and how he handled them.
  • Discussion on science and technology education and its future impact.

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