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Philanthropist And Founder Of Boston Tech Company Leaves Lasting Legacy

BOSTON — Patrick McGovern died Wednesday. He was the founder and chairman of IDG Corp., a Boston-based technology company focused on global media and research.

The 76-year-old split his time between California and New Hampshire, and before he died, he and his wife donated $350 million to MIT in 2000 to launch the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

Why did this local tech icon live in relative obscurity? Glenn Rifkin, a technology writer who worked for McGovern and wrote about his career, joins WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss McGovern’s life as one of the most influential players in high tech publishing and research.

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