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Alfred W. Crosby, PhD Biography

Former Professor Emeritus of History, Geography, and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Alternative sources of energy can become a satisfactory substitute for fossil fuels if we put as much effort and genius in the effort as we did in producing the first atomic bomb. The most satisfactory single alternative would be hydrogen fusion but that quasi-miracle may be beyond our capability. We may discover that wind, solar, biomass, etc., all piled on top of each other, may have to do, but their success may turn out to require an effort that started a generation ago. Essential to any and all success is the realization on our part that we may be able to do anything, which includes fail.”

Email to, June 19, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, History, Geography, and American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1999-2018
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Academy of Finland
  • Professor, History, Geography, and American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1977-1999
  • Professor of History, Washington State University, 1966-1977
  • Assistant Professor, San Fernando Valley State College, 1965-1966
  • Instructor, Ohio State University, 1961-1965
  • Instructor, Albion College, 1960-1961
  • PhD, History, Boston University, 1961
  • MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, 1956
  • BA, Harvard University, 1952
  • He died on Mar. 14, 2018
  • Served in the US Army, 1952-1955
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?