Amory Lovins

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Recovering physicist Amory Lovins, an innovator in energy and many related fields, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50-plus countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo and Mitchell prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold medals, 11 honorary doctorates and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design and World Technology awards. An honorary architect and Swedish engineering academician, he’s briefed 21 heads of state and written 31 books and over 450 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he’s chairman and chief scientist, he’s led the superefficient redesign of scores of buildings, several vehicles and over $30 billion worth of industrial facilities, and the creation of three of RMIs five for-profit spinoffs. He’s taught—only subjects he’s never formally studied—at nine universities, including Berkeley and Stanford. A former Oxford don educated at Harvard and Oxford, and a dropout from both, he explored mainly music, classics, math, linguistics, some law, a little medicine, a lot of mountain photography and a parallel track in physical sciences, then started diversifying his learnings. In 2009 “Time” named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people and “Foreign Policy” one of the 100 top global thinkers.

 

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