Re: ECON: Private Research Dollars

Craig Presson (
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 08:33:25 -6

On 29 Jan 98 at 6:10, John K Clark <> wrote:
> A lot of good work comes from private universities. MIT was started in
> 1845 by Erastus Bigelow, using the vast fortune he made in the power
> loom manufacturing business. [...]

MIT was founded in 1865 by Willam Barton Rogers. Erastus Bigelow was
on the original chartering commission (OK, he may well have been the
main official sugardaddy, I haven't seen the list of subscribers, but
it was Rogers who got his name in monumental capitals on the Dome).

"In 1861 he was appointed member of a 21 man commission which
eventually established Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erastus
B. Bigelow died 6 Dec 1879."
-- (Freeman Craig Presson)