Mathematician has been a member of the faculty since 1980 and department head since 2004.
A memorial service for William W. Kaufmann, an MIT professor emeritus of political science who was one of the country's leading experts on defense planning in the nuclear age, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the MIT Chapel.
Kaufmann joined MIT's Department of Political Science in 1961 and taught there until his retirement in 1984. A central player in the development of nuclear strategy and defense budgets, Kaufmann served as a Pentagon consultant in every administration from John F. Kennedy's to Jimmy Carter's.
Kaufmann passed away Dec. 14 at the age of 90.