Death of Charles M. Vest

September 9, 1941 - December 12, 2013
Cambridge, Massachusetts | Age 72

Former MIT president dies at 72
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles M. Vest, who began its initiative to offer free courses online and oversaw expansions in its research fields, has died at age 72.

He died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, MIT announced Friday.

Vest led MIT from 1990 to 2004. During his tenure, MIT expanded its research in cognitive science, genomic medicine, biological engineering...

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