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150 years of Maverick Genius

MIT was founded by William Barton Rogers in 1861 and marks its 150th anniversary this month. The university is relatively small by U.S. standards with about 10,000 students and 1,000 faculty. At MIT everyone is eccentric!, its brainwaves keep the U.S. a superpower. MIT alumni have founded 25,800 companies, employ a quarter of workforce in silicon valley, with global revenue of US$1.9 tn/year. If it were a country, its GDP would be 11th in size. Now celebrating 150 years of maverick genius, question is, what makes the university such a fertile ground for brilliant ideas? >>>

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