Professor Gilbert Strang ’55 Retires after 66 Year Career at MIT

Gilbert Strang ’55, the MathWorks Professor of Mathematics, taught his last class on May 15, marking the end of a 66-year-long career at MIT. Strang graduated from MIT in 1955 and joined the faculty in 1962. According to an article by MIT News, Strang was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Among the many classes he taught, Strang is most famous for teaching 18.06 (Linear Algebra), which thousands of MIT students have taken. His teaching took on a global reach when 18.06 was uploaded to MIT OpenCourseWare in 2001, garnering millions of views. Additionally, Strang penned a seminal textbook, Introduction to Linear Algebra, which has served as the basis for teaching Linear Algebra to students worldwide.