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  • MIT Department of Physics
    Research Research Areas Affiliated Labs Centers Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics People People Faculty Directory Academic Staff Directory Administrative Staff Directory Pappalardo Fellows Directory Postdoctoral Scholars Departmental Committees Society of Physics Students Physics Graduate Student Council Undergraduate Women in Physics Graduate Women in Physics Alumni and Friends Events Events Upcoming Events Pappalardo Fellowships Symposium Colloquium Schedule Department Calendar Boston Area Physics Calendar Other Physics Events Giving Giving Giving to Physics Alumni Friends Profiles physics mit Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships MIT Alumni Association Policies Alumni Friends Alumni Friends Profiles Giving to Physics Patrons of Physics Fellows Members of Patrons of Physics Fellows Physics Giving Opportunities Give Now Physics MIT Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships Alumni Events MIT Alumni Association Alumni Friends Profile George J Elbaum AA 59 SM AA NU 63 PhD NU 67 The Whiteman Fellowships George J Elbaum AA 59 SM AA NU 63 PhD NU 67 with his wife Mimi Jensen George Elbaum had no intention of going on to graduate school upon completing his SB Instead he went to Los Angeles to work in aerospace But when his employer TRW offered him a doctoral fellowship specifically for MIT I jumped at the chance Physics is beautiful according to George Elbaum who holds an undergraduate and two masters degrees as well as a Ph D all from MIT Although freshman physics was my nemesis I had an epiphany while reviewing undergrad physics for the doctoral exam I said to myself in awe Physics is beautiful The doctoral fellowship allowed me to select a thesis that was not funded but that interested me and resulted in three very exciting years of my life so now I want to give this opportunity to some talented graduate students George had been totally inactive as an alumnus no contacts clubs

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    to help celebrate the 80th birthday of his friend and former thesis advisor Professor of Physics Emeritus Louis S Osborne Elizabeth Chadis Virgil tell us about your experiences as a grad student working with Louis Osborne Virgil Elings Lou was absolutely great He taught me the important things in life one of which is not high energy physics I had the job in the Osborne group of trying to understand the klugy electronics in the experiment which was documented mostly in the mind of Sergio Tatzari who was heading back to Italy One day as I was puzzling over the wiring Lou came in and ripped all the wiring out I said to him Are you crazy and he replied I think you can figure it out and redo it and then he left Did he understand I wondered that my background was in mechanical engineering and if I couldn t understand the stuff he had just delayed the experiment for a very long time Wow no one ever had confidence in me like that My dad wouldn t even let me replace spark plugs in his car when I was young I always remembered that lesson when working with others and it has worked really well in my business determining when people are smart and then giving them free rein One of the most important things I learned at MIT was from Bill Lobar Lou s Professor of Physics Emeritus Louis S Osborne technician I asked him one day to show me how the oscilloscope worked since I d forgotten whatever I d learned in undergraduate labs Bill said fiddle with the knobs you ll figure it out He was right and it works with almost everything in life I ll bet Lou fostered that kind of thinking Virgil Elings PhD 66 Lou was always on the edge of technology which of course I didn t realize at the time We had probably the world s first mini computer the LINC prototype built by Lincoln Labs which was later sort of copied by DEC on line in the experiment and it was then connected by phone lines from Harvard to MIT to an IBM computer The LINC was given to Lou on condition that he wouldn t ask why it didn t work This thing had 4k bits of magnetic core memory and was a bear to program I had the dubious honor of being in the Cambridge Electron Accelerator when the liquid hydrogen bubble chamber blew up After getting myself and my data out of the building I called Lou I told him something blew up and he wanted to know what thinking it some trivial event I said the whole place blew up and he thought I was exaggerating Lou went outside his house looking out toward Cambridge and saw a big black cloud he finally got the message When he got to the site I told him that when I went back into the building to

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    Physics Fellows Morton E Goulder 42 Patrons of Physics Fellows There s a twinkle in his eye as Mort Goulder talks about his years at MIT and subsequent career I started out as a Course XV business major That lasted a year and I switched to EE By the end of my second year I had had my fill of transmission lines I decided to take the classes I liked and found exciting Physics offered the interest and flexibility I needed as for getting a job afterwards I figured I would take my chances Mort has never regretted his physics training which he calls magnificent In fact Mort will tell you that he has never learned anything that wasn t useful Mort is now President of M E Goulder Enterprises a consulting firm specializing in high technology and investment management Prior to that he co founded Sanders Associates where he served as director and vice president for 22 years He initiated and managed two of Sanders largest divisions special programs consisting of reconnaissance and intelligence systems and electronic design covering product design for the entire corporation While at Sanders Mort also ran all of their philanthropic activities It was there that he became interested in leveraging charitable funds to really accomplish some good Since then Mort has devoted his energy to community and educational affairs From involvement in the city governance of Nashua New Hampshire to serving on MIT s Corporation Development Committee Mort has sought to provide innovative solutions and high tech expertise to address the problems faced by non profit organizations Training in physics is magnificent I never learned anything that wasn t useful Morton E Goulder 42 When the Physics Department asked Mort to join the Patrons of Physics Fellows Mort responded enthusiastically with a one year

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    Pappalardo Fellows Directory Postdoctoral Scholars Departmental Committees Society of Physics Students Physics Graduate Student Council Undergraduate Women in Physics Graduate Women in Physics Alumni and Friends Events Events Upcoming Events Pappalardo Fellowships Symposium Colloquium Schedule Department Calendar Boston Area Physics Calendar Other Physics Events Giving Giving Giving to Physics Alumni Friends Profiles physics mit Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships MIT Alumni Association Policies Alumni Friends Alumni Friends Profiles Giving to Physics Patrons of Physics Fellows Members of Patrons of Physics Fellows Physics Giving Opportunities Give Now Physics MIT Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships Alumni Events MIT Alumni Association Alumni Friends Profile William M Layson Ph D 63 The Presidential Fellowships in Physics William M Layson Ph D 63 I think of physical science as an intellectual structure much like a brick wall says Bill Layson PhD 63 Each of the bricks placed earlier supports those which are placed later Recently retired as Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation a Fortune 500 company Bill feels the best way he can contribute to that structure is through a surrogate a young physicist who must have some resources in order to make his contribution to the structure MIT taught

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    he became President of their Junior Astronomy Club He had his own 3 refractor and free access to the Rutherford Observatory at Columbia University when he heard that the downtown NYU campus had an underutilized IBM computer and a Director who liked working with high school kids Howard remembers I thought it would be great to use the computer on astronomy projects Before I knew it the second great intellectual passion of my life computer science was born Howard Messing entered MIT in 1969 at age 16 He wanted to concentrate in both physics and computer science and although he did take the full physics sequence computer science narrowly edged out physics and he graduated with a degree in Course 6 He then began a Ph D program in computer science but ended up back in Boston to get a job and save money before returning to graduate school Howard went for an interview at a hospital software company called MEDITECH Neil Pappalardo then president conducted a Socraticstyle interview with me leading me through some basics of programming language theory I was fascinated for now I could do what I loved and get paid for it Thirty three years later Howard is President and Chief Operating Officer of MEDITECH and while much of his responsibility revolves around the non technical side of the business he keeps his hand in programming and still loves it Unlike departments in Engineering the Physics Department has far less ability to secure funds from outside sources and industry We saw that if we contributed our gift really could make a difference especially in the lives of these young and energetic graduate students Howard recognized what a central role MIT had played not only in his own life but in the science and technology life of

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    and Jane Morningstar The Morningstar Professorship Morningstar Visiting Professorship Otto and Jane Morningstar The Morningstar Professorship Morningstar Visiting Professorship Otto Morningstar came from Mobile Alabama with a love of science and a zeal for learning At the age of eight he set fire to his kitchen with his home grown chemistry set At 16 he entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute now known as Auburn University By good luck grace or both he was discovered in college and encouraged to apply to MIT for graduate school Otto arrived at MIT in 1933 with a full scholarship to study physics For Otto and Jane it was a great time to be at MIT Otto worked with Nobert Weiner Robert Van de Graaff and Robley Evans MIT President Karl Compton not only knew Otto by name but knew his area of research and thesis topic Otto was always grateful to MIT and appreciative of his time in the Physics Department After Otto finished his doctorate he and Jane were married and Otto went to work for a textile company in Georgia In 1942 Otto was called into service and stationed at MIT where he was assigned to the chemical warfare research center Afterward he founded his own company Morningstar Corporation Morningstar Corporation was involved in the development of plastic reels for data processing tapes and systems for tape handling As the company grew so did the Morningstars support for the Institute At the age of eight he set fire to his kitchen with his home grown chemistry set At 16 he entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute now known as Auburn University By good luck grace or both he was discovered in college and encouraged to apply to MIT for graduate school In 1953 Otto and Jane established a scholarship fund to support physics majors Over

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    Area Physics Calendar Other Physics Events Giving Giving Giving to Physics Alumni Friends Profiles physics mit Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships MIT Alumni Association Policies Alumni Friends Alumni Friends Profiles Giving to Physics Patrons of Physics Fellows Members of Patrons of Physics Fellows Physics Giving Opportunities Give Now Physics MIT Green Center for Physics Pappalardo Fellowships Alumni Events MIT Alumni Association Alumni Friends Profile Mark Mueller 78 Patrons of Physics Fellows Mark Mueller Patrons of Physics Fellows Within the first few days of his arrival at MIT Mark Mueller knew instinctively this was where he belonged MIT offered the intellectual stimulation academic rigor and all the problem sets he could solve In the study of physics Mark found an intellectual framework for understanding the world as well as a sense of beauty and unity In graduate school at Stanford Mark learned to live with the uncertainty that comes with the transition into full time research After several post docs in string theory a short stint in biophysics and the realization that he wasn t being offered a job anywhere he wanted to be Mark left the academy for Wall Street The death of the superconducting super collider SSC in 1993 affected not just the particle physicists working in Texas but thousands more working at universities As many physicists were forced to re evaluate their career choices Wall Street beckoned They were called POW s Physicists On Wall Street and some of the firms rivaled major universities with their brain power The financial world was clearly becoming more and more quantitative and the demand for physicists just exploded Morgan Stanley recruited Mark to price exotic options In the study of physics Mark found an intellectual framework for understanding the world as well as a sense of beauty and unity Today

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  • MIT Department of Physics
    the bed Jane Pappalardo Neil met his future wife Jane Langevin in October of his senior year Jane remembers We met at 2 30 in the afternoon at his fraternity Neil was just getting out of bed Classes held no interest for him and he would sleep late every day Soon afterward they were pinned remember this was 1963 Neil and Jane were engaged in January 1964 and married that August After graduation Neil worked at Mass General Hospital where he began to write the software that would automate the hospital s clinical laboratory Because I was so totally unaware of the scope of this undertaking I was undaunted he notes For the next few years Neil continued to search out other areas within the hospital ripe for automation Jane and Neil Pappalardo WHEN NEIL MET JANE she was majoring in music with an emphasis in piano Appropriately Neil decided he would get Jane a piano for their first wedding anniversary At the time he was working at Mass General while taking software classes at MIT and money was tight He had been to the Baldwin piano store and made an arrangement to pay them 600 for a brand new piano To raise the money Neil sold his blood every month at the hospital That June Jane graduated in July their first child Michael was born and in August Neil presented Jane with the piano Neil is emphatic when he notes that his family is the most important thing in his life and further without Jane I d be dead Neil and Jane their four children and 11 grandchildren make it a priority to spend as much time together as possible In November 1968 Jane announced she was pregnant with their fourth child Neil decided the time was right to create his own company to provide the software automation solutions he had developed and market them to other hospitals He put together a business plan and began knocking on the doors of venture capitalists There were two problems he was an inexperienced 26 year old and no one knew what software was Nevertheless he persevered and eight months later on August 4 1969 both Medical Information Technology MEDITECH and Missy the baby were born Today MEDITECH is one of the world s oldest software companies Its integrated information system is installed in more than 2 000 hospitals throughout the United States Canada and the United Kingdom Neil mentions that he is very proud of the fact that MEDITECH hires only entry level employees and promotes only from within The company has five unique locations situated along Route 128 just outside Boston and is currently building a new 130 000 square foot facility on a 17 acre site in Fall River MA for customer service and training I only buy top quality buildings with unique attributes that can provide an enjoyable work space for our employees One facility has a race track another sits in the middle of a golf course

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