Education: More Than a Referee

In a quietly impressive ceremony last week, Julius Adams Stratton, 58, was formally installed as eleventh president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The meaning of the event was hinted at by one of the several important inaugural guests, President Lee A. DuBridge of California Institute of Technology, who warmly called rival M.I.T. "the leading college of science and engineering in the world."

This high praise from famed Caltech was no polite gesture. M.I.T. began in 1861 as a land-grant professional school for engineers. When Seattle-born "J" Stratton took his electrical engineering degree there...

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