CHAMPIONS OF INNOVATION

On Monday, June 4, 2007, the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative celebrated its 10th Anniversary by showcasing standout cases of Boston-based innovation and a number of the “living legends” who helped to revolutionize the industries that are now the cornerstone of our economy.

The evening was both a celebration of the Collaborative's past successes and a springboard for its future endeavors as Collaborative Board Chair Janice Bourque announced the "Innovation Fund Challenge."

Champions of Innovation

The Living Legends who helped ring in the Collaborative's 10th Anniversary include:

ARPANET/BBN Team: At BBN (1969), Leo Beranek, Frank Heart, Dave Walden, Alex McKenzie, Ray Tomlinson (seen above R-L), et al got remote computers to communicate by inventing a packet system - the Internet was born.

Peter Brooke: A student of General Doriot, Brooke founded VC giant TA Associates (1968) and Advent International (1984) – dean of VC led a largely domestic industry into global markets.

Jay Forrester: As head of MIT’s Computer Lab (1946-52), Forrester developed first computer to use magnetic core memory (Whirlwind I) – pointing industry toward high speed computing. One of 4 key computer pioneers, he taught Ken Olsen of DEC and others.

Eric Lander: Famed mathematician, MacArthur award-winner and MIT biology professor, Lander founded the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research (1990), led the international Human Genome Project, and founded the Broad Institute (2003).

Joseph Murray: At Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1954), Dr. Murray completed the world’s first successful human kidney transplant – opening door to all other major organ transplants.

Ray Tomlinson: As BBN engineer (1972), developed file transfer protocol that enabled different computers to route messages to individual “mailboxes” – and put the @ sign in email.

Clara Wainwright: Invented First Night Boston (1976), social innovation now emulated in over 200 similar Eve’s around the world.