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John P. Holdren

John P. Holdren is Professor of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds concurrent positions as participating guest in the Energy and Environmental Division of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, faculty consultant in the Magnetic Fusion Energy Division of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and senior investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, he held positions as physicist in the theory group of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Division at Livermore and senior research fellow in the Environmental Quality Laboratory and the Division of Humanities and Social Science at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Holdren has also been employed by the Lockheed Corporation on the technology of reconnaissance satellites and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. He has been a member of the Energy Research Advisory Board of the United States Department of Energy and of major National Academy of Sciences committees on the future of energy in the United States, the risks of nuclear energy, and international environmental issues. He is chairman of the Federation of American Scientists and the United States Pugwash Committee.

Professor Holdren's numerous publications include: Energy, Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions, and Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment. In addition to these co-authored publications, he is working on Energy and the Prospects for War or Peace. His publications have explored plasma theory, energy technology and policy, regional and global environmental problems, population policy, technology and policy for development, and nuclear arms control.

Dr. Holdren's work has been recognized with an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Puget Sound, the Gustavsen Lectureship at the University of Chicago, the 1979 Public Service Award of the Federation of American Scientists, a five-year MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship for distinction in the fields of physics, energy and environment, and election as a fellow of the American Academy or Arts and Sciences.