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

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

It is with sad news that we share the passing of Friedman Professor of Physics, Emeritus John King '50, PhD '53, who passed away at the age of 88. John King (who graced many an Edgerton Center staff meeting with his gentle wisdom) championed hands-on learning through self-guided experiments, such as the Corridor Lab 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, visit the Corridor Lab in person.