Where Edison And Bell Might Have Enrolled

Can inventiveness be taught? Definitely, says Gregory S. Prince Jr., president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. His 1,200-student liberal arts school plans to prove it by cultivating innovation among its students, then teaching the techniques to professors at other universities--forging a national network to promote invention. The program will be funded by a five-year, $3.5 million grant from inventor Jerome H. Lemelson (BW--Jan. 18), whose son is a Hampshire graduate student. "We have to inspire more young people to enter high technology and manufacturing," says Lemelson, "or our standard of living will continue to slip. We've already gone from No.1 in the world to No.12."

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