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Sunday, October 7, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Indigo Ballroom
Open to the Public
Burton Richter, Steven Cowley

Energy in the 21st Century from Three Perspectives
Burton Richter

Presentation Synopsis:

Almost all the discussion of energy in this century has focused on the climate issue. However, there is more than this one issue that drives the world's choices. Energy is essential to a nation's economy, security, and environment including health as well as climate issues.  I will discuss why business as usual is not an option from all three perspectives as well as commenting on where I see some of the main missing technologies required to move away from fossil fuels.

Personal Biography:

Dr. Burton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences Emeritus at Stanford University, the former Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Center, and currently a Senior Fellow in Stanford’s Precourt Institute on Energy and Woods Institute on Environment.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E.O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976) for his research.  He has recently received the Fermi Award, the Departments highest lifetime achievement award, for his work in science, public policy and energy.

Richter is a member of the DOE’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and chairs its Fuel Cycle Subcommittee.  He is a member of the French Commissaire a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Visiting Group, the Hoover Energy Task Force, and the Jason Group.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society, a society in which he served as President in 1994.  He was also President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and served on advisory committees such as the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Laboratory Operations Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force, General Motors Science Advisory Committee, and chaired the National Research Council’s Board on Physics and Astronomy.  He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates and Varian Medical Systems, AREVA Enterprises, Inc., and Board of Directors of Litel Instruments.  He attended the Massachusetts institute of Technology and achieved a B.S. and Ph.D. in 1952 and 1956, respectively.

His current work focuses on climate and energy issues, and his recent book Beyond Smoke and Mirrors; Climate and Energy in the 21st Century was awarded the 2011 Phi Beta Kappa prize for science book of the year. 

The Role of Fusion as a Future Source of Energy
Steven Cowley

Presentation Synopsis:

In a decade, the international fusion experiment ITER will start operating in the south of France.  This historic experiment will generate up to 500 megawatts of fusion power and provide a proof of principle for fusion energy.  Fusion has the potential to provide a large fraction of our energy for millions of years.  I will describe the scientific progress in fusion -- from Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s prophetic predictions in 1920 to the encouraging results that have lead to ITER.   I will outline the challenges that remain to realising commercial fusion and the role fusion will take in our future economy.

Personal Biography:

Steven Cowley became Director at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in September 2008 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from Princeton University.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, and the recipient of the IOP's 2012 Glazebrook Medal for leadership in physics. In June 2011, Professor Cowley was appointed to the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology.




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