Worcester showing the way

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

By W. Patrick Hughes

July 12, 2011

Worcester has not only been ahead of the curve in health care, but bending it. Throughout its history, Worcester has been on the cutting edge of science, business and politics.

Clark University produced America’s first Nobel Prize winner for physics — Albert A. Michelson, in 1907, for determining the speed of light — and hosted Sigmund Freud’s only visit to America. The university also is noteworthy for the accomplishments of physics professor Dr. Robert Goddard, who launched the first liquid-fueled rocket.

Worcester residents invented the monkey wrench and the steam organ, patented the first typewriter, and mass-produced shredded wheat.

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