Professor of Molecular Biology, MIT
29th Annual MLK Leadership Award
Molecular biology Professor Jonathan King, a Yale University graduate who came to MIT in 1970, was nominated by seven colleagues, who cited his longtime commitment to use of science and technology to advance human welfare and the standard of living. A graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., King chaired the Faculty Oversight Committee of the Teacher Education Program, which helped MIT graduates gain teaching experience in urban public schools. He has been a member of the Technology and Culture Steering Committee for 25 years, bringing experts on pressing social issues to MIT. "Professor King has been a mentor and guide for those students at MIT who have needed to express their yearning for social justice in unconventional ways," the nominating letter said.