Thursday, April 28, 2011

Arthur Rosenfeld wins energy prize

Arthur H. Rosenfeld, a UC Berkeley physicist whose passion for energy efficiency led him to take a leading role in developing tough new building standards and other green technologies, has won half of a million-dollar Russian award called the Global Energy International Prize. As a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Rosenfeld, now 84, was an early member of a lab team headed by UC Berkeley physicist Luis Alvarez that investigated subnuclear particles. The team's work earned Alvarez the 1968 Nobel Prize for physics. By 1973, however, the oil crisis impelled Rosenfeld to switch his research to the exploration of new technologies that could reduce America's increasing dependence on oil. More>