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Arthur H. Rosenfeld
Distinguished Scientist Emiritus, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Commissioner, California Energy Commission (Retired)


Arthur H. Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1954 at the University of Chicago under Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi, and then joined the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. There he joined, and eventually led, the Nobel prize-winning particle physics group of Luis Alvarez at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) until 1974. At that time, he changed his research focus to the efficient use of energy, formed the Center for Building Science at LBNL, and led it until 1994. In 2000, California Governor Gray Davis appointed him Commissioner at the California Energy Commission, and in 2005 he was re-appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is responsible for the Public Interest Energy Research program, with an annual budget of $82 million; for energy efficiency, including the California energy efficiency standards for buildings and for appliances; and is the Assigned Commissioner to collaborate with the Public Utilities Commission Proceeding on demand response, critical peak pricing and advanced metering, and the Proceeding on Energy Efficiency Programs, with an annual budget of $600 million. He is the co-founder of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), and the University of California’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE). He is the author or co-author of nearly 400 refereed publications, received the Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest in 1986, the Carnot Award for Energy Efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1993 and the Berkeley Citation in 2001 from the University of California. He is most proud to have received the Enrico Fermi Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. government. He received this prestigious award on June 21, 2006 from the U.S. Department of Energy, Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, on behalf of the president of the United States, for a lifetime of achievement ranging from pioneering scientific discoveries in experimental nuclear and particle physics to innovations in science, technology and public policy for energy conservation that continue to benefit humanity. This award recognizes scientists of international stature for their lifetimes of exceptional achievement in the development, use, control or production of energy. This award is particularly important to him because he was one of Enrico Fermi’s last graduate students.