Seymour Papert, MIT professor who connected children with computers, dies at 88

By Emily Langer, Seymour Papert, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who led an early campaign to revolutionize education with the personal computer, a tool he championed not as a classroom gadget but as a key to unlocking a child’s excitement for learning, died July 31 at his home in East Blue Hill, Maine. He was 88. His death was announced by the MIT Media Lab, where Dr. Papert was a founding faculty member. The cause of death was complications from kidney and bladder infections, said his wife, Suzanne Massie. His organs had been weakened by an accident a decade ago in Hanoi, she said, where Dr. Papert had traveled to speak at a gathering of mathematicians and educators. He was crossing a street in the Vietnamese capital when he…


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