Cal Newport

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Cal Newport
Calvin Newport

(1982-06-23) June 23, 1982 (age 36)
EducationDartmouth College (A.B.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., Ph.D.)
EmployerGeorgetown University
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Calvin Newport (born June 23, 1982) is an associate professor of computer science (with tenure)[1] at Georgetown University and the author of six self-improvement books. He also writes the Study Hacks blog focused on academic and career success.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Dr. Calvin 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 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 and was granted tenure in 2017. His work focuses on distributed algorithms in challenging networking scenarios, and incorporates the study of communication systems in nature.[3]


He 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".[4] Newport coined the term "deep work," which refers to studying for focused chunks of time without distractions such as email and social media. In 2017, he began advocating "digital minimalism."[5]


  • 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 (2012)
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016)
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (to be released in February) [6]


  1. ^ Newport, Cal (25 August 2016). "A Brief Note on Tenure - Study Hacks - Cal Newport". Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  2. ^ Chen, Irene (March 29, 2011). "Hacking the curve: do less, but do it better". The Tech. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Calvin Newport -- Georgetown University".
  4. ^ "Study Hacks - Decoding Patterns of Success - Cal Newport". Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  5. ^ "Facebook Phreaks and the Fight to Reclaim Time and Attention - Study Hacks - Cal Newport". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
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