Edwin S. Burdell

Edwin Sharp Burdell (February 2, 1898 – August 30, 1978) [1][2] was Director of Cooper Union for 22 years [3] and the first Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences [4] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[5][6]

Dr. Burdell left Cooper Union in 1960 to take up an appointment as first President of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He was subsequently Resident Consultant of the Cranbrook Institutes in the early '60's, where his responsibility was to help coordinate the activities of the six Cranbrook Institutions.


  1. ^ Harvard Business School Bulletin (Volumes 55-56 ed.). 1979. p. xiv. Retrieved 2015-02-24. Edwin S. Burdell died on August 30, 1978
  2. ^ White, J.T. (1952). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. p. 296. Retrieved 2015-02-24. BURDELL, Edwin Sharp, educator, was born in Columbus Ohio, Feb. 2, 1898, son of William ... In 1938 he became director and in 1951, president of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art,
  3. ^ "Technology for Turkey". TIME magazine. 1960-07-11.
  4. ^ "MIT History: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences". Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  5. ^ "Dean Burdell Resigns From Institute To Become Director Of Cooper Union" (PDF). The Tech. March 1, 1938.
  6. ^ "Turbulent Times". TIME magazine. October 2, 1939.

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Preceded by
Gano Dunn
President of Cooper Union
1951 —
Succeeded by
Richard F. Humphreys