#11455 Overall Influence

Alan Lightman

Physicist, science writer, essayist, novelist


Why is this person notable and influential?

From Wikipedia

Alan Paige Lightman is an American physicist, writer, and social entrepreneur. He has served on the faculties of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently a Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Lightman played a major role in establishing MIT's "Communication Requirement," which requires all undergraduates to have training in writing and speaking each of their four years. Lightman was one of the first people at MIT to have a joint faculty position in both the sciences and the humanities. In his thinking and writing, Lightman is known for exploring the intersection of the sciences and the humanities, especially the dialogue between science, philosophy, religion, and spirituality.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?

Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

California Institute of Technology

Private research university located in Pasadena, California

Cornell University

Private university in Ithaca

Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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How’s this person influential?
#678 World Rank
#6602 World Rank