Interview with Hugh Herr in today's NY Times

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Trad

Trad climber
northern CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 30, 2013 - 05:09pm PT
There's a nice interview in today's NY Times with Hugh Herr, a biophysicist at MIT who designs computerized prostheses at MIT's Media Lab. He lost his legs in 1982 after climbing an ice route on Mt. Washington and getting lost on the descent.

A Blank Canvas to Create Smart Limbs

My favorite quote from the article:

"The first week after I was fitted for my prostheses, they wouldnt let me take them home because they knew Id go climbing. The staff was terrified Id further damage what remained of my biologic limbs. When I finally did take them home, my brother and I immediately went climbing along the Susquehanna River."
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 30, 2013 - 05:16pm PT

Hats off to Hugh !
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
May 15, 2013 - 08:05am PT
CNN video...

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c4#/video/bestoftv/2013/05/13/ctw-art-of-movement-bionic-leg.cnn


...still has that edgy cockiness, though. RIP Albert Dow.
lucander

Trad climber
Shawangunks, New York
May 15, 2013 - 01:11pm PT
I never knew Dow, but I know this: I never want to die on a rescue, but if I do I want to know that the person who survives makes so many people's lives better - just like Herr has.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Really wonderful what he has done with his life.
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