Today’s Spotlight uses an image of Charles Vest, taken by Donna Coveney, who served as MIT’s president from 1990 to 2004.
Former MIT president Charles M. Vest — a tireless advocate for research and science, and a passionate supporter of diversity and openness — died last night of pancreatic cancer. He was 72.
As MIT’s 15th president, serving from 1990 to 2004, Vest led the Institute through a period of striking change and growth. A mechanical engineer by training, Vest was president of the National Academy of Engineering from 2007 until earlier this year.
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