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Dr. Seth R. Goldstein, photo courtesy the artist

Seth Goldstein

(1939– )

Seth Richard Goldstein was born on December 10, 1939 in New York City and raised in New Rochelle, New York. His father was a CPA, "thoughtful with a great sense of humor," and his mother was a journalist who helped write the March of Time radio show. Both parents encouraged creative expression, laughter, and independence. Goldstein knew he wanted to be an engineer from the time he was five. He "chose" MIT when he was eight, and at eighteen they reciprocated. Beginning MIT in 1957, Goldstein graduated in 1965 with four degrees, three in mechanical engineering and one in electrical engineering. Seth then worked for a consulting company for six years before his employment as a biomedical engineer at the National Institutes of Health from 1971, until his retirement in 2002. At NIH, Goldstein conceived, designed, and built devices and instrumentation for clinical use and medical research: e.g. miniature catheters, fiber optic pH probe, brain probe for single cell recording, laser scanning confocal microscope, spherical MRI magnet, servos and transducers for animal experiments.

Dr. Seth R. Goldstein with Cram Guy, 2006, photo courtesy the artist

Goldstein has always had a passion for nature and natural beauty—and has been a devoted backpacker and wilderness camper for 30 years. He has climbed the Matterhorn, Rainer and Grand Teton mountains. Married to his best friend and "artistic advisor" Paula Stone, Seth Goldstein says he has always liked making things—especially things that move in controlled ways. His first kinetic sculpture, "Why Knot?" is a machine that ties and unties a necktie and has been exhibited widely. Like "Cram Guy," Seth Goldstein's art is infused with his sense of play. Seth Goldstein credits electronics engineer Randall Pursley for providing invaluable electronics support and computer control of Cram Guy. Seth and Paula reside in Bethesda, Maryland.


To learn more about Seth Goldstein, visit http://www.sethgoldsteinkineticsculptures.com.