Gates keynotes MIT anniversary, makes $20 million donation

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates presented the keynote address at the 35th anniversary celebration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Laboratory for Computer Science on Tuesday, while offering a $20 million donation to the school. The donation will be spent on a new building, which will be dubbed the William H. Gates building, that should be completed by 2003.

Gates delivered a speech entitled "Creating the Future World of Information." Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web (WWW), also gave a separate keynote.

"The MIT Laboratory for Computer Science is one of the most important centers for computer research in the world," Gates said. "I'm happy that this gift will be used to support continued innovation in computer science and the groundbreaking research that LCS is known for.

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