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Awarded forThe most significant innovators, inventions, or ideas from MIT, MIT alumni, and other MIT-related people and organizations[1]
Country United States
Presented byBoston Globe
First awarded2011

The MIT150 is a list published by the Boston Globe, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011, listing 150 of the most significant innovators, inventions or ideas from MIT, its alumni, faculty, and related people and organizations in the 150 year history of the institute.

The top 30 innovators and inventions on the list are:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
  2. Eric Lander, team leader for sequencing one-third of the Human Genome
  3. William Shockley, inventor of the solid-state transistor
  4. Ray Tomlinson, inventor of the "@" symbol use in email addresses
  5. Phillip A. Sharp, founder of Biogen Idec
  6. Ken Olsen and Harlan Anderson, founders of Digital Equipment Corp.
  7. Helen Greiner and Colin Angle, founders of iRobot Corp.
  8. Ellen Swallow Richards, nutrition expert, and the first woman admitted to MIT
  9. Amar Bose, founder of Bose Corporation
  10. Ivan Getting, founder of Aerospace Corp., co-inventor of GPS
  11. Salvador Luria, father of modern biology
  12. Joseph Jacobson, co-founder of E Ink
  13. Dan Bricklin, Bob Frankston, inventors of VisiCalc
  14. Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive
  15. Daniel Lewin, F. Thomson Leighton, co-founders of Akamai
  16. Vannevar Bush, science advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, founder of Raytheon, father of the National Science Foundation
  17. Pietro Belluschi, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning
  18. Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, Leonard Adleman, inventors of RSA cryptography
  19. Charles Draper, inventor of the first inertial guidance system
  20. Herbert Kalmus, Daniel Comstock, cofounders of Technicolor
  21. John Dorrance, inventor of Campbell Soup
  22. David Baltimore, Nobel laureate
  23. Robert Weinberg, cofounder of the Whitehead Institute
  24. William Thompson Sedgwick, founder of the Harvard School of Public Health
  25. Alfred P. Sloan, CEO of General Motors
  26. William Hewlett, cofounder of Hewlett Packard
  27. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics and creator of BigDog
  28. Hugh Herr, founder of iWalk and head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab
  29. Hoyt C. Hottel, oil industry pioneer
  30. Robert Swanson, cofounder of Genentech

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The MIT 150: 150 Ideas, Inventions, and Innovators that Helped Shape Our World". The Boston Globe. May 15, 2011.

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