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so let me get our proceedings underway by telling you if you don't know and that my name is john durant and the director of the MIT Museum in it's an enormous pleasure and privilege to uh welcome everybody here this is a great day for the MIT Museum we've looked forward to this for a long time and it's a day when we believe we really start to
fulfill some of the potential of the extraordinary collection of holography in spatial imaging that this museum is fortunate to own and start to deliver on the promise that that
collection has to a larger community which is richly represented here tonight that in a moment I'm going to hand over a to my boss and associate provost for the corre who's going to introduce our main speaker but before I do that I want to say just a word about how this meeting as has that come into existence a more particularly I want to give an initial sincere vote of thanks to some of my colleagues several of them will be with us through the weekend I know most of you will be with us tomorrow for the full day of forum discussions that we will have a really on the future of holography as an exciting technology and uh
vastly influential medium and but I want to point out Mary associate director who standing in the corner there and Allen Doyle who's standing in front of some optical illusions but is not himself 1 of them Allen is not technology director he's going to do all he can which is a lot I can tell you to make sure that the show stays on the road from the technical point of view we are I hope web casting this evening and the dance we all web casting to bring a much wider
audience in and tomorrow we should be life at linking to folks elsewhere on the campus here and off-campus to so we using some other new technologies to try to give this forum but the biggest impact as we possibly can but of why I should also point out of I can see Robin Meissner whose on director programs that which maybe she's too far away to point out that should be with us today and tomorrow too but the person I really want to identify is set risk in Seth is the person who more than any other has produced together such each you the fact that you will broke into spontaneous applause means probably you've been in touch with him or he's been in touch with you because he's really been the prime mover behind this whole initiative and he does take responsibility in an easy enough
for our holography
initiative is the curation of an imaginative exhibition called luminous windows which I hope will have a
chance to see later on this evening I'm relieved
to find out that turn the clocks go forward for spring tomorrow not tonight
so and we actually should have good conditions the same luminous windows that it can be seen from the street so at the halfway point this evening we're going to invite you to take a brief trip out onto the pavement and then come back for the reception part of the evening we thought we could leave you you
back with a drink and after that but luminous windows more of that later but thanks in the 2 sets of putting this whole thing together and now without further ado because we've got a busy program I want to hand over the professor for query but to introduce our main speaker thank you John so I wanna welcome everyone here this evening uh some of you I know have traveled far beyond Boston Cambridge to get here and we're grateful for
that this this form on holography for the 21st century it's important holography is a subject dear to MIT is hard it's been important in the work of this wonderful Museum of hours for a
very long time now a key contributor to the work of both MIT and the MIT Museum in holography was the late Professor Stephen Benton a number of you in this room Steve Benton and I know he led the spatial
imaging group at MIT from the early 19 eighties onwards Steve invented the rainbow but is the white light hologram's sort of hologram that appears on credit cards and was a pioneer in medical imaging and fine art holography he was also an unofficial curator of holography at this museum and spatial imaging as well and in this capacity he was instrumental with the active support of MIT President Charles Vest
when you're going to be hearing from in a moment in securing the collection of the Museum of Holography New York when that museum closed its doors in 1993 since the
bends untimely death in 2003 the MIT Museum has been working to identify the right way forward for it's outstanding holographic collections last year a decision was taken to launch a holography in spatial imaging initiative designed to establish a new of collections related exhibition and programmatic activity that is capable of doing justice to the museum's holdings in the area and in serving the needs of the wider holography
community that's very important to us here in December last year the museum lots holography in spatial imaging initiative about my opening luminous windows an exhibition of 6 contemporary art holograms here in the innovation gallery I'm told by John that number may be as many as 5 of the 6 artists whose works it work is featured in luminous windows are with us tonight we're just delighted you're here that's it's it's wonderful for us in case you're wondering where the exhibition is as John said you'll get a chance to you it when you step outside a little later after the sun set I guess OK this holography form represents stage 2 of museums holography and spatial imaging initiative tomorrow's distinguished artists scientists and technologists those of you who will be participating in this will consider some of the latest developments in holography including in digital and video holography this
evening we open the proceedings with a keynote address by none other than Charles M. Vest our former president there is no 1
associated with MIT or with any other institution that I know of who was better qualified to open up this form then Chuck Vest many speech I know he'll talk about the value of interdisciplinarity something that is so crucial to the life of MIT but the importance of building bridges between fields between science technology and culture and about the ways in which holography reflects and reinforces these values His main theme 1 he shared with his dear friend Steve Madden will be holography is that the true intersection of art
science and technology park
science and technology let me just say a few words I don't want to embarrass my friends of of me to say a few words about Chuck's career some of you may not know him personally many of us from MIT of course work within closely is a graduate of the University of Michigan he got his phd very mechanical engineering
he then spent 22 years on Michigan's faculty were conducted Distinguished Research in laid laser optics of holography to make precise measurements of the three-dimensional phenomena such as temperature and density fields he also was tapped earlier is an academic administrator for serving as Associate Dean and then dean of Michigan very distinguished School of Engineering and culminated capped his career at Michigan as provost of that University but then in 1990 when he was provost
MIT showed tremendous foresight and lured him here to Cambridge become our 15th president and he served in that capacity for 14 years he let us in to the 21st century I had the privilege of working closely with Chuck his entire 14 year span as president and I can tell you it was a true
privilege what I can say is that he's a natural leader he someone who inspires us for his vision of a better future he's
someone who always lead by example MIT was already a great university before Chuck got here he made us even greater I don't think we could have asked for in a university press Chuck was the most active and successful university president in America promoting science technology innovation policy and building partnerships among academia government and industry and in championing the importance of open global scientific communication I
can't emphasize that enough during his tenure MIT launched Open Courseware that initiative is put almost 90 per cent of the entire MIT curriculum online and free for the world to access at its will that is if it has of course the ability to access and that is always the issue still thousands and thousands millions really are beginning to access the Open Courseware is easily MIT is the
biggest Major gift up to the world and it's something that shop in particular
is very proud of we all are here he also had no it was a university president promoting the public understanding of science and technology nationally in which the MIT
Museum under John Durant leadership plays an increasingly vital role in and they just say and I do this with some authority here at Chuck was also all along a terrific supporter of humanities and the arts and social sciences at MIT he understood as well as anyone I know how important they are to shaping technology and scientific
leadership in this country and globally His honors and awards Academy memberships they just simply too many of them to mention here that I'd be remiss if I didn't note that he was awarded received the National Medal of Technology in 2006 which is such a fitting honor for him this service to the nation through the various national commissions that he served on and share in science and technology policy areas that have few equals really since 2007 he has been the president of the National Academy of Engineering down in Washington whose mission is to promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshalling the knowledge and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession that healthy the number of
who are members of the MIT faculty