The town was first settled in 1630.
People Born in Cambridge
Cambridge in People's Lives
Anne Bradstreet: I moved here with my husband in 1632, and I gave birth to our first child here. My husband was often away from home, busy founding Harvard University, while I was busy raising our sons, who would one day attend as students. The Bradstreet Gate at Harvard is often thought to be dedicated to him, but it's actually named in honor of "the first published American poet," which can only be myself. I lived here until 1646.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1987 to film scenes of the movie The Good Mother.
Margaret Atwood: I traveled here in 1961 after recieving a Woodrow Wilson scholarship to attend graduate school at Radcliffe College. I was also becoming a successful writer. I obtained a master's degree from Radcliffe in 1962, and then pursued further graduate studies at Harvard University. My dissertation was entitled "The English Metaphysical Romance," but I never finished it. I left Harvard in 1964, moving back to Toronto.
Natalie Portman: I went to Harvard University here from 1999 - 2003, from the age of 18 to 22. Though I had already found major Hollywood success as a starring actress in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, I was still determined to go to my dream school. I said in an interview, "I don't care if college ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star." During my time at Harvard, I excelled as a student, got a place as the research assistant of Alan Dershowitz, and wrote published essays on Palestinian relations. In 2003, I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Samuel Morse: I traveled here in 1849 to accept an election into the highly prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as an associate fellow. After that, I frequently visited this town for lectures and Academy meetings.
Washington Allston: I attended Harvard University here from 1796 - 1800. After I had fulfilled my dreams and made a name and fortune for myself as a prominent painter, I returned here after decades of living abroad, in 1818. However, I was not entirely happy, as my wife had died a few years earlier in London, before I could ever bring her here. I lived the rest of my days in this town, becoming integrated in the Harvard way of life. I was an art professor and elected a fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences. I died here in 1843.