Kip Thorne *65 (Courtesy Keenan Pepper, via Wikipedia)
At the Academy Awards ceremony, Interstellar visual effects supervisor Andrew Lockley, who accepted the Oscar for visual effects, praised alumnus KIP THORNE *65 as âone of the smartest people on Earth.â Thorne, a physicist at Caltech, served as the scientific consultant (and an executive producer) for the film, which was featured in the inaugural PAW Goes to the Movies column. Thorneâs involvement with the film began eight years ago, when he and producer Lynda Obst started working on a treatment in which âall the wild speculation would spring from science, not just the fertile mind of a screenwriter,â according to Deadline.com.
Oscar Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game highlights ALAN TURING *38 and his contributions as a World War II codebreaker. But Freeman Dyson tells Joel Achenbach â82 of The Washington Post that the film overlooks Turingâs greatest contribution: âHe invented the idea of software, essentially.â
Last week, Princeton received an extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts from the late WILLAM H. SCHEIDE â36, who died in November 2014. Valued at nearly $300 million, the collection includes a Gutenberg Bible, an original printing of the Declaration of Independence, and notable musical manuscripts by Bach and Beethoven. The New York Times article about the gift cited a 2009 PAW story in which Scheide talked about smelling his books as âone way of getting acquainted.â
Former Massachusetts state treasurer STEVE GROSSMAN â67 and Harvard Business School professor MICHAEL PORTER â69 are teaming up at a nonprofit that aims to address income inequality by helping urban businesses grow, The Boston Globe reports. Grossman said he decided to take the new job at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City because âthis is where you can change peopleâs lives.â