The History of Senior House Entrances

Alumnus (and original Master Baster) Michael Potash (’64) collated information on the people behind the entrances of Senior House. At Steer Roast 2016, portraits and stories were hung around the house as art. Check out some of the selected history below…

William P. Atkinson

Mind and Hand: the Birth of MIT was written by President Julie Stratton. Here is some insightful history, especially about Atkinson and how he fit into the MIT tapestry.

James M. Crafts (MIT President 1897-1900)

Professor Crafts was elected chairman of the faculty January 19, 1897, by the Corporation Executive Committee. He was further appointed to oversee the School of Industrial Science by the Corporation Executive Committee on January 19, 1897, and later appointed president, effective October 20, 1897. He resigned effective “at the end of the school year,” 1900.

Silas W. Holman

Silas Whitcomb Holman was born in Harvard, Massachusetts on January 20, 1856. He received his S.B. degree in Physics from MIT in 1876, and then joined the MIT Department of Physics as an Assistant. He became Instructor in Physics in 1880, Assistant Professor in 1882, Associate Professor in 1885, and Full Professor in 1893. Throughout this period, he struggled with increasingly severe rheumatoid arthritis. At length, he was defeated, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1897 and dying on April 1, 1900. MORE…

Ernest F. Nichols (MIT President (MIT President 1921-1922)

Ernest Fox Nichols, 1869-1924, B.S., Kansas Agricultural College, 1888; M.S., Cornell University, 1893; D.Sc., Cornell University, 1897, was president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 1921 and 1922. He was too ill from heart disease during his brief tenure to enter actively into his responsibilities.

John D. Runkle (MIT President 1870-1878)

John Daniel Runkle, 1822-1902, B.S. in mathematics, 1851, Harvard College, second president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was associated with the Nautical Almanac computation project from 1849 to 1884. In 1858 he founded the journal Mathematical Monthly and edited it for three years, when publication ceased. In 1860 he was a member of the committee that prepared the “Objects and Plan of an Institute of Technology” which led to the establishment of MIT. In 1862 he became MIT’s first secretary, and in 1865 he joined the new faculty as professor of mathematics, where he remained until 1902.

William R. Ware

In 1865 Ware was appointed to the newly established Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He remained on the faculty until 1881, when he was called to Columbia University to organize still another collegiate program in architecture. The Department of Architecture at M.I.T. in these earliest years functioned best in providing a one- or two-year course of special study for persons who were graduates of four-year colleges or who had some experience in architects’ offices. It also served to prepare Americans for the formal or informal study they intended to pursue in Paris. MORE…

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