TIM the Beaver: MIT's mascot since 1914

The beaver was chosen as the mascot of Technology because of its remarkable engineering and mechanical skill and its habits of industry. The proposal that the beaver be adapted as the mascot of the Institute was made at the annual dinner of the Technology Club of New York on Jan. 17, 1914. The late President Richard Maclaurin formally accepted the proposal, and at this dinner a group of beavers shown in natural surroundings was presented to the Institute.

Since then TIM has affectionately been accepted as a pillar in the MIT community, showing up at all sorts of events. Learn more about TIM:

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