Woodie Flowers looks exactly as you’d imagine a man named Woodie Flowers to look. And before you ask: Yes. That is his real name. At 67, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Emeritus wears his thinning white hair in a low ponytail and sports a thick mustache. For one of the most prominent faces of the University, Flowers has a style you could easily call “hippie intellectual.” His bright eyes smile behind his glasses and with a sense of charm and self-deprecating humor, Flowers regales story after well-rehearsed story of his modest beginnings in the small town of Jena, Louisiana.
I'm Emily Greenhalgh, a Boston-based science writer, editor, and illustrator.