A fascinating look at how Boston became, and remains, a global center for innovation, told through 50 world-changing inventions.
Since the 1600’s Boston has been at the forefront of world-changing innovation from inventing the telephone, through the electrical breakthroughs which transformed public transportation with the invention of the subway, through becoming the first state to end slavery, and giving birth to organ transplant, as well as the medical breakthroughs like the anti-covid vaccines which have transformed our lives this Spring.
In total Boston-area inventors have contributed more than four hundred stand-out social and scientific innovations, and uncounted numbers that are less well know. Robert Krim & Alan Earls Boston made is the first time that the story has been laid out to the public.
In fact fresh waves of innovation have brought he city back from major economic collapses. Krim sets out the five innovation drivers , including strong entrepreneurship, local funding, and networking. From boom and back to boom, Boston has maintained an ability to reinvent, and build anew.
In this ninety-day old book, Krim has developed an analysis about why this resilient city which has led to rave reviews on Amazon for Boston Made. It builds on his dramatic Logan Airport permanent exhibit (2016).
Dr. Robert Krim, son of a longtime IEEE member, is the leading expert on the factors that have driven and continue to drive unparalleled innovation in Massachusetts; he is the author of the just published Boston Made From Revolution to Robotics. As founder and leader of the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative, he spearheaded a multi-organization, 20-year study covering four centuries and involving hundreds of experts on the forces that drive these innovations. Most recently his revelations about Boston have prompted the development of a permanent exhibit at Boston’s Logan Airport, From Massachusetts to the World: Four Centuries of Innovation.
He is a Professor of Innovation at Framingham State University. Krim has degrees in US History, Economics, Business Administration from Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, and Boston College. He lives in Newton with his wife and children.