Education: A New Ingredient

Besides playing host to Winston Churchill and other visiting notables last week, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attended to some personal business: it inaugurated a new president, James Rhyne Killian Jr.

At 44, Killian, an old M.I.T. man himself, was taking over one of the foremost technical institutions in the world. It consisted of a student body of 4,500, a faculty of 1,000, and a compact, impressive campus of Roman revival and modern buildings across the Charles River from Boston. M.I.T. had come a long way since its opening classes in 1865.

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