Illinois Institute of Technology

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The Illinois Institute of Technology ( IIT short ) is a technical university in Chicago, which was founded in 1940. It forms an average of 7,700 students in mathematics, engineering, architecture, psychology, communication studies, economics and law.

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The Illinois Institute of Technology, established in 1940 under this name from the union of the Armour Institute of Technology, founded in 1893, and the Lewis Institute founded in 1895. The IIT site in the south of Chicago in the U.S. state of Illinois was the first such campus in the been U.S. and was designed and implemented in 1938 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. To date, the architectural design is regarded as exemplary. Beginning of the 21st century, the campus at the McCormick Tribune Campus Center ( MTCC ) of Rem Koolhaas has been extended.

Institute of Design

The IIT Institute of Design was founded in 1937 by László Moholy -Nagy as the New Bauhaus. The first location was the city villa that Richard Morris Hunt had built for the department store mogul Marshall Field at the Prairie Avenue. Due to financial difficulties, the school had to close temporarily in 1938 and was opened in 1939 under a new name as the Chicago School of Design again. In 1944 she was renamed the Institute of Design and was used as such in 1949 part of the newly founded university network IIT. The Chicago Institute of Design was the first college in the U.S. to offer a doctoral program (PhD) in the field of design.

Famous people


  • Harry Callahan, Photographer
  • Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, psychologist, semanticist and politician
  • Leon Max Lederman, Nobel Prize in Physics 1988
  • Walter McCrone, chemists
  • Karl Menger, mathematicians
  • László Moholy -Nagy, painter, designer and photographer
  • Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize in Economics in 1978
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect


  • Valdas Adamkus in 1960, former President of Lithuania
  • Marvin Camras 1940, inventor of magnetic recording
  • Sidney Coleman in 1957, theoretical physicist
  • Martin Cooper in 1950, father of the mobile phone
  • James Ingo Freed in 1953, architect
  • Hans Hollein in 1959, architect
  • Helmut Jahn, Architect
  • Arthur Paul, 1950, graphic designer
  • Grote Reber, a radio astronomer
  • Vincent Sarich, ethnologist
  • Susan Solomon 1977, atmospheric chemist
  • Jack Steinberger, Nobel Prize in Physics 1988