Hall of Luminaries

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The WPI Hall of Luminaries celebrates Worcester Polytechnic Institute and its long history of theory and practice by honoring the individuals who have brought about the most extraordinary accomplishments to society. The inductees are members of the WPI community who have achieved the pinnacle of their professions or have made exceptional contributions to humanity or to their field. We honor luminaries in a public exhibit on the third floor of the Rubin Campus Center.

Meet the 2019 Inductees

Congratulations to our 2019 Luminaries

Joseph Adams 1975

Robert Beckett 1957, Hon. 2013

Harold Black 1921, Hon. 1955*

George Cowan 1941, Hon. 2002*

Howard Freeman 1940, Hon. 1996*

Scott Harris 1982

Milton Higgins*

Debora Jackson 1989 MS, 2000 MS

Charles Thompson, Founder*

Emory Washburn, Founder*


These individuals inspire our community and light the way for others.