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Amory Lovins

Recovering physicist Amory Lovins, 70, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute; energy advisor to major firms and governments in 70+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and over 630 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. He has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Happold, Benjamin Franklin, and Spencer Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), 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, and Swedish engineering academician, he has taught at ten universities, most recently Stanford’s Engineering School and the Naval Postgraduate School (but only on topics he’s never studied, so as to retain beginner’s mind). Time has named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His latest books include Natural Capitalism (1999), Small Is Profitable (2002), Winning the Oil Endgame (2004), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011), and Reinventing Fire (2011). He has lately focused on a collaborative synthesis, for China’s National Development and Reform, of an ambitious efficiency-and-renewables trajectory to inform the 13th Five Year Plan; helping India to make personal mobility shared, connected, and electric; and exploring how to make integrative design the new normal, so investments to energy efficiency can yield expanding rather than diminishing returns. His avocations include mountain photography, music (piano and composition), poetry, orangutans, great-ape language, and Taoism.