Education: The Rise of Harvey Mudd

Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif, is still too young to have much tradition. What it has, as it prepares to start its second school year this month, is 118 students (7 girls), 17 faculty members plus a half-completed campus, built with funds whose core is a gift of more than $2,000,000 from the widow and family of Harvey Seeley Mudd, a California mining engineer who died three years ago.

The tiny faculty—last year it numbered seven—took on a challenging task from Mildred Mudd, who died last month (see MILESTONES), and her fellow trustees: to create a topflight college of science...

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