The Human Genome Project was largely completed in Kendall Square, Cambridge,
by Dr. Eric Lander at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research.
Cambridge’s “Boston Woven Hose Company”
was once the largest manufacturer of rubber parts in the world and was known for inventing the rubber and cotton fire hose.
The first telephone call took place in Kendall Square in October of 1876
between Thomas Watson (in Cambridge) and Dr. Alexander Graham Bell (in Boston).
Candy maker NECCO made a home in Kendall Square for almost 80 years
with the world’s largest factory devoted strictly to candy manufacturing when it opened.
The first US Green Building Council LEED Platinum building in Massachusetts
was constructed in Kendall Square in 2003 and now serves as the headquarters for Genzyme, a Sanofi company.
Cambridge became the first city
to enact an ordinance regulating DNA research, a move which proved instrumental to the private biotech market.
The Interface Message Processor,
the predecessor of the modern internet, was contracted to BBN for development in 1968.
In 1964 NASA selected Kendall Square to be the site for a new research center.
This project was later abandoned and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center was established instead.
The basis for modern digital computers,
known as magnetic core memory, was patented by MIT in 1956.
New England’s first public TV channel
was aired from studios on MIT’s campus in 1955.
“All of the money in the world cannot solve problems unless we work together. And if we work together, there is no problem in the world that can stop us, as we seek to develop people to their highest potential.”
Ewing Marion Kauffman, Founder of Marion Laboratories, the Ewing Marion Kauffman, and the Kansas City Royals
“What we tried to do in the early days was to create a culture where anything was possible.”
Bob Swanson, Founder of Genentech Inc.
“Building a workplace which engages a diversity of employees and brings out their best makes a far greater contribution than financial success alone.”
Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus Development Corporation
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Muriel Strode, Poet
“I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company’s existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being.”
David Packard, Founder of Hewlett-Packard Company
“Men and women want to do a good job, and if they are provided the proper environment, they will do so.”
Bill Hewlett, Founder of Hewlett-Packard Company
“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Thomas Edison, Founder of General Electric Company
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…that’s what matters to me.”
Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, Inc.
Never before in history has innovation offered the promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation
Storrow Drive Westbound Weekend Lane Closures
Friday, August 8 to Monday, August 11. Click for more!
Main Street Road Closures and Detours
Closures around the Main Street Reconstruction project from Aug 6 - Aug 8. Click for more!
Cambridge, Mass., Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
Under ordinance, some buildings must track and report their energy and water usage . Click for more!
Binney Street Travel Advisory
Traffic on Binney Street will be rerouted for sidewalk resurfacing and new bike lanes. Click for more!
Storrow Drive Westbound Overnight Lane Closures
Wednesday, July 30 through Friday, August 1. Click for more!
Main Street Construction Update
Third Street Connector Construction Begins Week of July 28. Click for more!
Announcing an Open Space Competition for Cambridge, Massachusetts
Connect Kendall Square - programming and place making. Click for more!
Main Street Reconstruction
Begins Week of July 7. Click for more!
CPW Construction Update: July 2014
Cambridge Department of Public Works’ Kendall Square Construction Update. Click for more!
Members Sought for Cambridge Planning Board
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