Seymour Papert, professor credited with inspiring Maine laptop initiative, dies

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. Papert also is credited with inspiring Gov. Angus King’s proposal to provide portable laptop computers to every seventh-grader in the Maine. He was a columnist for Bangor Daily News in the early 2000s. 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…


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