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MIT has a long history of entrepreneurship and innovation. From practical inventions to scientific breakthroughs, MIT has contributed greatly to the progress of the world over its 140+ year history.

The Boston Globe just published a list of the top 50 inventions ever to come out of MIT. You can read the list here.

Below, find another, older list of some of the inventions, breakthroughs, companies and creations that have come from the MIT community.

  • Ethernet - Robert Metcalf '68
  • The Supreme Court building - Cass Gilbert 1880
  • Campbell Soup - John Dorrance 1895
  • Theory of the inflationary universe - Prof. Alan Guth '68
  • GPS (Global Positioning System) - Ivan Getting '33
  • Lego Mindstorms - MIT Media Lab
  • Texas Instruments Inc. - Cecil Green '23
  • Artificial Skin - Ioannis Yannas SM '59
  • Hypertext - Prof. Vannevar Bush PhD '16
  • Technicolor - Herbert Kalmus 1903
  • Evidence of quarks - Professors Henry Kendall and Jerome Friedman
  • Disposable-blade safety razors - William Nickerson 1876
  • Plan for Canberra, Australia - Marion Mahony Griffin 1894
  • Fax Machine - Shintaro Asano SM '61
  • Spacewar, the first computer game - Steve Russell '60
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Building - I.M. Pei '40
  • Inertial guidance system - Charles Stark Draper '26
  • Analog Devices, Inc. - Raymond Stata '57
  • Discovery of human oncogenes - Prof. Robert Weinberg
  • The Internet Archive - Brewster Kahle '82
  • Modern linguistics - Prof. Noam Chomsky
  • Doppler radar - Bernard Gordon '48
  • Voice recognition technology - Ray Kurzweil '70
  • The field of Marketing Science - Prof. John Little
  • "Car Talk" - Tom '58 & Ray '72 Magliozzi
  • Credit card holograms - Prof. Stephen Benton '63
  • RSA Public Key Cryptography - Professors Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Len Adleman
  • Rockman amplifier - Tom Scholz '69
  • The World Wide Web - Senior Research Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
  • Biogen Inc. - Prof. Phillip Sharp
  • The "butterfly effect" - Prof. Edward Lorenz
  • Bose stereo - Professor Amar Bose '51
  • Rockefeller Center - Raymond Hood 1903
  • Spreadsheets - Daniel Bricklin '73
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