Episode 30 / Claire Perry O'Neill

Ecopragmatism & Policy Innovation

Prof. Steven Chu

Nobel Hero talks Net Zero


Season 2 / Episode 29 / Aired February 3, 2021  

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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 directed 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 going receiving his PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and 32 honorary degrees.




Relevant Web Links /

  • Prof. Chu's Official bio: Click Here​

  • Prof. Chu's US Government Biography: Click Here​

  • AAAS: Click Here

  • Nobel Prize: Click Here

  • Ex-Energy Secretary Says Fixing Climate Change Is Tough, There's No Vaccine (December 2020): Click Here

  • Forbes: Steven Chu Compares Energy Department Loan Program To An Unsedated Colonoscopy (June 2020): Click Here

  • Forbes: Steven Chu: Long-Term Energy Storage Solution Has Been Here All Along (June 2020): Click Here