Hugh Herr is a Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab Biomechanics devision. He designs and makes artificial arms and legs, called prosthetics, for men and women who have lost arms or legs in accidents.
Conventional wisdom holds that loosing a leg, or both of them, limits your possibilities. Herr shows how creative people adapt and make an amazing life and contribution to society despite what you might, at first, consider to be limits.
The Story of Hugh Herr
You can read the account of Hugh Herr’s fateful Adventure on Mt. Washington in the the book Second Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr by Alison Osius.
You can also read about Hugh’s wife’s adventures with their daughters climbing mountains in Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr.
More about Hugh Herr
- Best Foot Forward: Boston Magazine
- The Man Who Thinks He Can End Disability: Tech Week Europe
- Prosthetic Prof’s Next Step: Exoskeletons: Wired