Corridor Lab
  • John King at work on an apparatus to measure the speed of light
    John King at work on an apparatus to measure the speed of light
  • John King (at right) participating in a water drop experiment
    John King (at left) participating in a water drop experiment

The Corridor Lab is located in Building 4, fourth floor, Strobe Alley.

Friedman Professor of Physics, Emeritus, John King championed hands-on learning through self-guided experiments. “Looking at our built world, most physicists see order where many others see magic. This view of order should be available to all, and physics would flourish better in an appreciative society,” he once told the American Association of Physics Teachers.

A wise and gentle soul and a dear friend of the Edgerton Center, he sadly passed away at the age of 88 in 2014. But his spirit lives on in the Corridor Lab that he established, located in Strobe Alley. The interactive displays demonstrate scientific and engineering phenomena and are typically more quantitative and more technical than those found in an ordinary science museum in its aim to deepen knowledge of the principles demonstrated.

"John was an inspiring teacher and experimentalist. His educational passion was creating hands-on experiments built from ordinary parts you can find at any hardware store, what he lovingly called ‘mulch,’” said MIT senior lecturer in physics, and former King student, Peter Dourmashkin ’76, ’78, PhD ‘84. Read King's Obituary in MIT News.


To learn more about Corridor Lab, explore the links on the left or, better yet, experience them for yourself at the Edgerton Center!