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Killian Press

Killian Press is a publishing services and distribution imprint of the MIT Press intended for MIT faculty and alumni works. Killian Press titles, self-published by their authors, are distinct from the MIT Press’s own books, which are published by the Press under the MIT Press imprint.

Our first Killian Press title, published in November 2014, is Joyce Wang ‘61’s Life Journey of an MIT Family.

Dr. James R. Killian (1904-1988) was an MIT alumnus who became the tenth president of MIT (1948-1959) and then chairman of the MIT Corporation. Killian served as special assistant for science and technology to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and participated in a numerous government advisory and study groups on topics including foreign intelligence, communications policy, and educational television. During his years at the Institute before he became president, he was the editor of the MIT alumni magazine Technology Review. In 1932 he helped found the Technology Press, now the MIT Press.

A Novel

Set in the city of Nanjing during the time of the Sino-Japanese war (1937–1945), this novel tells the story of four people caught up in the violence and tumult of these years: John Winthrop and his MIT classmate, the brilliant Chinese physicist Calvin Ren (Ren Kewen); Judy, Calvin’s Chinese-American wife; and the beautiful and determined young woman Chen May. John and Calvin take up positions at Nanjing’s National Central University and collaborate on a top-secret project to design and build warplanes to enable the Chinese to defend themselves against Japanese bombers.

In this distinctive memoir, Joyce Wang tells the story of her life through 100 milestones. Each milestone is described in English and Chinese text and accompanied by her own paintings. Her story includes studying architectural engineering in China in the early 1950's, coming to the United States for graduate study, and raising three children while pursuing her doctoral degree at RPI and working as the principal planner in the capital district of New York State.