Last updated on: 4/14/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Donald W. Aitken, PhD Biography

Title:
Sustainable Development Consultant . Senior Consulting Scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Renewable energy resources emerged by the year 2000 into sufficient technological and market maturity to begin to affect global primary energy production, even though still very modest in total percentage terms. If this is indeed the tip of the next great energy transition, then our own history suggests that, by 2030, we should be deep into the emergence of the next age of energy resources.”

“The Renewable Energy Transition,” www.solarcatalyst.com, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sustainable Development Consultant, Donald Aitken Associates
  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • Senior Consulting Scientist, Energy Department, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
  • Advisory Board Member, Global Possibilities
  • Former staff research physicist and astrophysicist, Stanford University
  • Founder and former Chairman of the Department of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
  • Former Executive Director, Western Regional Solar Energy Center, US Department of Energy
  • Former National Chairman (twice), American Solar Energy Society
  • Former Director, National Solar Energy Conferences
  • Former Technical Chair, National Passive Solar Conference
  • Former Vice President, and Secretary, International Solar Energy Society
  • Recipient, World Solar Award, World Renewable Energy Congress, 2000
  • Recipient, Abbot Award for lifetime service to solar energy, American Solar Energy Society, 1997
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, Stanford University, 1963
  • MS, Stanford University, 1961
  • AB, Music and Physics, Dartmouth College, 1958
Other:
  • His wife, Barbara Harwood, also serves on the faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Immediately Phase out Fossil Fuels?