William Barton Rogers was born December 7, 1804. A noted geologist and educator, Rogers began to organize and promote his ideas for a â€œpolytechnicâ€ institute as early as the 1840s. His vision of a new kind of education came to fruition in the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1861. He served as MITâ€™s first president and his life would end, in 1882, in service to the Institute.
Learn about William Barton Rogers and the founding of MIT through online exhibits and more on the web site of the Institute Archives and Special Collections.