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Instructor Profile: Walter Lewin

Physics

Walter Lewin
Photo by Donna Coveney

Professor Lewin received his PhD in physics from the University of Delft in 1965. In 1966, he came to MIT as a postdoctoral associate and became an assistant professor later that year. He was promoted to associate professor of Physics in 1968 and to professor in 1974.

Even before the advent of MIT OpenCourseWare, Lewin’s lectures could be found on UWTV in Seattle, where he reached an audience of about four million people, and on MIT Cable TV, where he helped freshmen with their weekly homework assignments. Lewin’s lectures on Newtonian Mechanics,  Electricity and Magnetism, and on  Vibrations and Waves comprise some of the most popular content on MIT OpenCourseWare. He consistently holds a spot in the most downloaded videos on Apple’s iTunes U, and on YouTube. His unique style of teaching has captured the attention of a broad range of students, educators, and self learners. He has appeared on Al Jazeera, The Martha Stewart Show, and has been featured in a wide variety of publications including O, The Oprah MagazineUS News and World Report, and The New York Times.