MacArthur Fellows Program

Amory B. Lovins

Physicist and Energy Analyst | Class of 1993

Physicist and Energy Analyst
Snowmass, Colorado
46 at time of award

Amory Lovins is an expert on energy efficiency.

Lovins co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit, resource policy center, with his wife, Hunter, in 1982.  The Institute fosters the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security.  Its staff works on issues such as energy, water, agriculture, transportation, sustainable forest and corporate practices, and the interconnections among them.  Lovins has worked to advance “soft energy” strategies that focus on nonpolluting and economically competitive options, chiefly advanced energy efficiency.  He consults in the private and public sectors on practical ways to adapt end-use efficiency as the cheapest, quickest, cleanest, and most secure energy choice.

Lovins is a consultant physicist and chief executive officer at the Rocky Mountain Institute.  He served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s senior advisory board (1980-81) and on a defense science board (1999-2001), and has been a lecturer and visiting professor at a number of institutions, including Dartmouth College, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Colorado.  He is the co-author, mainly in collaboration with his wife, Hunter Lovins, of twenty-nine books and several hundred papers.

Lovins studied at Harvard University for two years, became a don at Oxford University (1968), where he received an M.A. (1971).

Last updated January 1, 2005

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October 22, 2013
"Exploring Solar, Efficiency, Gas and More with Amory Lovins and Joel Makower"
The New York Times
Amory Lovins, 1993 MacArthur Fellow
February 12, 2007
"Amory Lovins: Winning the Oil Endgame"
Amory B. Lovins , 1993 MacArthur Fellow
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