10 things M.I.T. computer scientists have given the world

Celebrating 50 years of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by remembering some of the many ways its faculty, students, researchers and alums have contributed to the discipline.
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Credit: Phil Johnson

Celebrating Project MAC

This week M.I.T. officially marks 50 years of computer science at the institute with two days of celebrations. While computer research was going on at M.I.T. as early as the 1930s, this week’s celebration marks the beginning of Project MAC (Mathematics and Computation) in July 1963.

Project MAC eventually led to the founding of the Laboratory for Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence lab (now combined into the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL) and to the creation of an official computer science curriculum at M.I.T. In honor of this week’s celebration, here are 10 of the many things that M.I.T. computer science faculty, researchers, students and alums have given the world.

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