Cal Newport

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Cal Newport
Calvin C. Newport

(1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 38)
EducationDartmouth College (A.B.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., Ph.D.)
EmployerGeorgetown University
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Calvin C. Newport (born June 23, 1982)[1] is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science[2] at Georgetown University and the author of six self-improvement books.[3] He writes the Study Hacks blog, which is focused on academic and career success.[4]

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 under Nancy Lynch. He was a post-doctoral associate in the MIT computer science department from 2009-2011. In 2011, he joined Georgetown University as an assistant professor of computer science, and was granted tenure in 2017. His work focuses on distributed algorithms in challenging networking scenarios, and incorporates the study of communications systems in nature.[5] His grandfather, John Newport, was a Baptist minister and theologian; his father, Frank Newport, is a sociologist and senior executive at Gallup. Cal Newport and his father as well as his grandfather hold PhDs.[6]


Newport started the Study Hacks blog in 2007 where he writes about "how to perform productive, valuable and meaningful work in an increasingly distracted digital age".[7] Newport coined the term "deep work," in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016) which refers to studying for focused chunks of time without distractions such as email and social media. In 2017, he began advocating for "digital minimalism."[8] He runs the podcast Deep Questions.


  • How to Win at College (2005)
  • How to Become a Straight-A Student (2006)
  • How to Be a High-School Superstar (2010)
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In The Quest For Work You Love (2012)
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016)
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (2019)
  • The Time Block Planner: A Daily Method for Deep Work in a Distracted World (2020)
  • A World Without Email (Forthcoming 2021)


  1. ^ "Cal Newport". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "The dual careers of Cal Newport | MIT EECS". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Cal Newport". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Chen, Irene (March 29, 2011). "Hacking the curve: do less, but do it better". The Tech. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Calvin Newport -- Georgetown University".
  6. ^ "The Newport Foundation | Who Was John Newport?". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Study Hacks - Decoding Patterns of Success - Cal Newport". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Facebook Phreaks and the Fight to Reclaim Time and Attention - Study Hacks - Cal Newport". Retrieved March 23, 2017.

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