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MIT was chartered April 10, 1861, just four days before the outbreak of the Civil War. Planning for the Institute's opening continued during the war, and classes were first held February 20, 1865.
In September 2003, MIT scientists co-led by Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle, cooled a sodium gas to the lowest temperature ever recorded, 500 picokelvin -- only half-a-billionth of a degree above absolute zero.
James R. Killian '26 was editor of Technology Review, and helped found the Technology Press, now the MIT Press, before becoming president in 1948.
Although Ellen Swallow Richards (class of 1873) was not president of MIT, she is notable for being the first female graduate and also the first female instructor at the Institute.
Ernest A. Harris of Truro, Nova Scotia arrived at MIT in 1866. Since then, MIT has gotten considerably more diverse, with students from over 100 countries for the 2003-2004 school year.
William Barton Rogers
The researchers in front of the experimental setup where they realized record-low temperatures.
Ellen Swallow Richards (class of 1873) was the first female graduate and first female instructor at MIT.