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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 65
cal facilities constructed, a library built up. And there were many decisions to be made on what research the new laboratory would conduct, and on the relationship of the laboratory to the members of the consortium and to the Atomic Energy Commission. Establishing good relations with the laboratory's neighbors was still another task for the director.
In 1948 Morse returned to MIT. There he served as chairman of the faculty (1958-60). Perhaps his most important contribution to MIT in the postwar period came from his recognition of the important role computational facilities would have for MIT's research and education. He became chairman of the MIT Committee on Machine Aids to Computation (1950-52) and then chairman of the succeeding Computation Committee (1953-67). He was instrumental in inducing IBM to donate its best computer of that time, the IBM 704, to MIT together with funds for a dozen fellowships in computer use for students. Later the 704 was replaced by still more powerful IBM computers, the 709, the 7090, and then the 7094. Eventually, the Computation Center developed a time sharing system.
One should also mention Morse's initiative which resulted in the publication of the extraordinarily useful volume published in 1964, The Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs and Mathematical Talks.
Morse retired from MIT in 1968. At a dinner held to mark that occasion he was presented with a book entitled In Honor of Philip M. Morse, containing articles on nuclear physics, acoustics, and operations research written by his friends and colleagues in an expression of their high regard for him, for his accomplishments, and for his friendship.
In touching on some of the highlights of his multi-faceted career I have said little about Morse, the man. Need-