Amory B. Lovins

Physicist Amory Lovins (1947– ) is Cofounder (1982) and Chairman Emeritus of RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute) and its Chief Scientist 2007–19; author of 31 books and 800 papers; a designer of superefficient buildings, vehicles, and industrial plants; and a half-century advisor to major governments and firms worldwide (including more than 100 electric utilities) on advanced energy efficiency and strategy. He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, Swedish engineering academician, and 2011–18 member of the US National Petroleum Council, he has taught at ten universities (most recently the US Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford University, where he’s currently Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Scholar of the Precourt Institute for Energy). In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. He has been a student and independent analyst of nuclear power and proliferation since 1963, with scores of technical and lay publications.