Cal Newport

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Calvin (Cal) Newport is an assistant professor in the department of computer science at Georgetown University, the author of three How to books targeted at high school and college students, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You, and author of the Study Hacks blog.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Newport completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in 2004 and received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2009 in computer science. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral associate at the MIT computer science department. In 2011, he joined Georgetown University as an assistant professor of computer science.[2]


Newport's first book, How to Win at College, was published by Random House in 2005. This book provided general advice for getting the most out of one's college experience, including academics, extracurricular activities, and networking with friends.[3][4]

Newport's second book, How to Become a Straight-A Student, was published by Random House in 2006. Unlike its predecessor, this book was narrowly focused on achieving academic success in college.

Newport's third book, How to Be a High-School Superstar, was published by Random House in 2010. This book focused on explaining a "relaxed superstar" strategy to high school students that would allow them both to shine in college admissions and to have a less stressful high school life.

Newport's fourth book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, was published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group USA, in 2012.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ Chen, Irene (March 29, 2011). "Hacking the curve: do less, but do it better". The Tech. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Newport, Cal. "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "College resources". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gianasso, Alexandre. "Winning at college: interview with Calvin Newport". Affairs Today. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Haden, Jeff (December 6, 2012). "Best 2012 Books for Entrepreneurs". Inc. magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schachter, Harvey (December 11, 2012). "Top 10 business books of the year". Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Shin, Laura (May 22, 2013). "7 Steps to Developing Career Capital -- And Achieving Success". Forbes. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Eisenberg, Richard (May 5, 2012). "The Career Tip to Follow Your Passion: Is It Bunk?". Forbes. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ McNichol, Tom (May 21, 2012). "Do What You Love? Maybe Not. Would-be entrepreneurs are often told to follow their passion. That may be a good way to kill your passion.". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Newport, Cal (September 29, 2012). "Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You". New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 

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