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    University of California, Berkeley

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  • Biography

    Distinguished Scientist Emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California – Berkeley

    Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley, was the last graduate student of Nobelist Enrico Fermi. In 1955 he joined the Physics faculty at U.C .Berkeley, and the research group of Luis Alvarez, who received the 1069 Nobel Prize for the discovery of dozens of subatomic particles.

    In 1974, in response to the OPEC oil embargo, Rosenfeld switched to the new field of efficient use of energy, and founded the Center for Building Science (CBS), at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), which he led until 1994, when he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy (DOE). During those 20 years of Rosenfeld’s leadership CBS developed the DOE-2 computer program for the energy analysis and design of buildings, electronic ballasts for fluorescent lamps (which jump-started the development of compact fluorescent lamps), heat-mirror (“low emissivity”) windows, and many other technologies and studies.

    At the end of his service to the Clinton Administration in 2000 he was appointed Commissioner at the California Energy Commission, where he served two terms until 2010. Meanwhile, in 2006 he received from the President and the Secretary of Energy, the Enrico Fermi Award for his contributions to energy efficiency.

    In 2010 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering. He is currently Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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