MacArthur Fellows Program

Robert H. Williams

Physicist and Energy Analyst | Class of 1993

Physicist and Energy Analyst
Williamstown, Massachusetts
53 at time of award

Robert Williams is a leader in the development of technologies to improve living conditions of indigent populations throughout the world.

Williams has developed possibilities for cost-effective, environment-sparing, prosperity-enhancing energy futures in industrialized and developing countries based on efficiency improvements and innovative energy-supply technologies.  He has demonstrated that energy conservation and development of renewable energy sources lead to increased productivity, economic development, and the creation of jobs.  As a result of his work, energy analysts and policy makers are raising standards for energy efficiency and environmental safety for economic-development projects taking place in the United States and other countries.

Williams is a Senior Research Scientist and head of the Energy Systems/Policy Analysis Group and the Carbon Capture Group at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.  He was a chief scientist with the Ford Foundation’s Energy Policy Project (1972-74), and co-authored its groundbreaking, authoritative, final report, A Time to Choose (1974).  He has since co-authored and edited several books.

Williams received a B.S. from Yale University (1962) and a Ph.D. (1967) from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postgraduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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