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John Deutch, PhD Biography

Institute Professor of the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Rising real prices of oil and natural gas reflect in part the progressive decline in low-cost reserves, and signal the wisdom of preparing now for a long transition from our petroleum-based economy. Almost certainly, future economies will exploit all possible technology options for replacing petroleum-based liquid fuels, especially technologies that do not produce net carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas. Biomass should, properly, be considered along with nuclear power and coal conversion with carbon capture and sequestration as important options for future energy supply.”

“Biomass Movement,” Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Institute Professor, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Trustee, Center for American Progress
  • Member, Board of Directors (Chairman of Governance & Nominating Committee, Member of Public Affairs Committee and Member of Executive Committee), Raytheon
  • Director of Central Intelligence, United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), May 1995 – Dec. 2006
  • Member, President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, 1997-2001
  • Recipient, Central Intelligence Distinguished Intelligence Medal, 1996
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense, Mar. 1994 – May 1995
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitiions and Technology, United States Department of Defense, Mar. 1993 – Mar. 1994
  • Member, President’s Commission on Strategic Forces, 1983
  • Member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee, 1980-1981
  • Former Director of Energy Research, United States Department of Energy
  • Former Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, United States Department of Energy
  • Former Undersecretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy
  • Memorial Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1974-1975
  • Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1967-1969
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, MIT
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, MIT
  • BA, History and Economics
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
  2. How Is Nuclear Power Produced?