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Hugh Herr

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“The artificial part of my body is beyond immortal — it’s improving with time.”


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Hugh Herr is a bionic innovator who lost his legs and then developed better legs for himself and other amputees.


Hugh is a bionic rock climber supreme.

Gorgeous Sculptures

Hugh Herr loses his own legs and then learns how to make immortal legs for himself... and lots of other people.

30 Seconds with Hugh Herr

We give Hugh Herr 30 seconds to describe his science, and he shows that bionic legs can help you think and speak very quickly.

10 Questions for Hugh Herr

We ask Hugh Herr 10 questions and he talks about beating up the Six Million Dollar Man.

Blog Posts

Why We Love Hugh Herr
Drawing Hugh Herr


About Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr is Associate Professor and leads the Biomechatronics research group at MIT’s Media Lab. The focus of Hugh’s work is on developing bionic limbs for amputees. Two of those bionic limbs are Hugh’s own legs, which he uses for rock-climbing and living his life.

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