Bart Kamen Tribute

Dr. Bart Kamen, a longtime friend of the FIRST community, passed away on Thursday, September 27. The brother of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, Bart was a familiar presence at events and competitions who volunteered tirelessly to help make FIRST the remarkable organization it is today.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire kids, and inspiration was certainly something that Bart provided. But in addition to that, he represented something invaluable: the potential of science and technology to make people’s lives better. As a doctor, as a mentor, and as a friend, Bart embodied the compassion and humanity that inspires all great technological achievement, and for setting that example, we are all in his debt.

Bart – we love you, and we will miss you.