John P. Holdren
Arms Control and Energy Analyst
Age: 37 at time of award
Published December 1, 1981
John Holdren studies contemporary problems relating to technology, environment, and public policy.
His research centers on energy and resource options in industrial and developing countries, global environmental problems, and international security. Holdren has co-authored and co-edited numerous books on these topics, including Energy (1971), EcoScience (1977), Energy in Transition (1980), Management and Disposition of Excess Weapons Plutonium (1994), The Future of US Nuclear Weapons Policy (1997), and Ending the Energy Stalemate (2004). He is the author of more than 300 articles and papers.
In 2005, Holdren became President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also Director of the Woods Hole Research Center; Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Science. He served previously as Professor of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.
Holdren received a S.B. (1965) and a S.M. (1966) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1970) from Stanford University.
In January 2009, John Holdren joined the Obama administration as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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