Ep29: Steven Chu 'Nobel Hero talks Net Zero'
This week, we welcome Steven Chu, Professor of Physics and Physiology at Stanford University, and the 1997 co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics to Cleaning Up. Professor Chu was was the first of two Secretaries of Energy during President’s Obama term as president, the second being Ernie Moniz, my guest on Episode 17 of Cleaning Up. He is now the Chair of the Board of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Bio Professor Steven Chu is currently William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. He is also the Chair of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a non-profit organisation defending scientific freedom and encouraging a collaborative approach in order to serve humanity as a whole. Professor Steven Chu served as Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from January 2009 through to April 2013. Before that, he was leading the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory as well as being professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, from 2004 to 2009, at UC Berkeley. Prior to this, he was the Francis and Theodore Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University for 22 years starting in 1987. During this period, Chu was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking work in laser cooling and atom trapping Professor Steven Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts Sciences, and a winner of the Humboldt Prize. Professor Chu earned his BA and BSc from the University of Rochester before receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Chu has also received over 30 honorary degrees. Links Official bio https://physics.stanford.edu/people/steven-chu US Government Biography https://www.energy.gov/contributors/dr-steven-chu AAAS https://www.aaas.org/ Nobel Prize https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/1997/chu/facts/ National Academy of Sciences http://www.nasonline.org/ The American Philosophical Society https://www.amphilsoc.org/ SunShot Initiative https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/sunshot-initiative Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory https://www.lbl.gov/ Ex-Energy Secretary Says Fixing Climate Change Is Tough, There's No Vaccine (December 2020) https://www.wxxinews.org/post/ex-energy-secretary-says-fixing-climate-change-tough-theres-no-vaccine Steven Chu Compares Energy Department Loan Program To An Unsedated Colonoscopy (June 2020) https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/06/25/steven-chu-compares-energy-department-loans-to-a-colonoscopy/?sh=14e082ae76e1 Steven Chu: Long-Term Energy Storage Solution Has Been Here All Along (June 2020) https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/06/24/steven-chu-long-term-energy-storage-solution-has-been-here-all-along/?sh=144159056607 About Cleaning Up: Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on. And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends. Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clea... Follow Cleaning Up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp Links to other Podcast Platforms: https://www.cleaningup.live