MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics

Pappalardo Fellowships Program Founder
A. Neil Pappalardo (EE '64)

Jane and Neil Pappalardo
Jane and Neil Pappalardo

The mission of the MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics is to sustain a distinguished postdoctoral program that identifies, recruits and supports the most talented and promising young physicists at an early stage in their careers. This initiative was made possible by the encouragement and generosity of Mr. A. Neil Pappalardo (EE '64), an MIT alumnus with a long history of generosity to both the Institute and the Department of Physics.

A. Neil Pappalardo, EE '64, is the founder of Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH), one of the earliest software companies. As Chairman and CEO, he has overseen Meditech becoming a leading supplier of information system software for hospitals in the U. S., Canada, and the U. K. Neil spends much of his time in product development. His current effort is focused on developing an innovative clinical management system that guides clinicians through a high-quality yet low-cost treatment process.

Neil continues his involvement at MIT where he is a Life Member of the Corporation and serves on the Executive committee, the Audit committee and three visiting committees, including Physics. For the Physics Department, he has helped fund the construction of the world-class Magellan optical telescope observatory on a Chilean mountaintop, provided the funds to initiate and sustain the Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics, and has contributed major funding for the construction of the Green Center.

He is a Trustee of the New England Aquarium, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Dibner Institute and the Boston Lyric Opera. In 1996, he received an honorary degree from Suffolk University. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in his honor. In 2007, he received an honorary degree from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. In 2008, Neil was awarded the Order of Science and Technology Medal from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.

Neil and his wife Jane live in downtown Boston. They have four children and 12 grandchildren.