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Paul E. Gray Inauguration (1980)

Paul E. Gray becomes the 14th president of MIT

Paul E. Gray becomes the 14th president of MIT

For more than 60 years, Paul E. Gray has been a part of MIT. Dr. Gray entered MIT as a freshman in 1950 and would earn his SB, SM, and ScD degrees in electrical engineering at MIT. He served on the faculty as an academic administrator, associate provost, dean of engineering, and chancellor before becoming the Institute's 14th president on Sept. 26, 1980. Following his 10-year presidency, he served as chairman of the MIT Corporation, from 1990-1997. Dr. Gray remained devoted to MIT after his retirement from the chairmanship by resuming his teaching and advising roles. Among the programs at MIT that he helped to establish are the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Leaders for Manufacturing Program, and the affiliation with the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He was chairman of the Task Force on Educational Opportunity, 1968-1973, and encouraged curriculum reforms in the 1980s that strengthened the humanities, social sciences, and biology in the undergraduate curriculum.

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