Marty Hoffert

Professor Emeritus, New York University

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Marty Hoffert was the lead author in the landmark 2002 article in the journal Science that concluded global warming was a clean energy problem, not a regulation problem. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics and former Chair of the Department of Applied Science at New York University. He holds a B.S. (1960) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan; an M.S. (1964) and Ph.D. (1967) in astronautics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn; and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (1969) from the New School for Social Research where he did graduate work in sociology and economics. He has published broadly in fluid mechanics, plasma physics, oceanography, planetary atmospheres, climatic change, solar and wind energy and space solar power. His geophysical research includes the ocean/climate model first employed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess global warming for different scenarios of fossil fuel use. His energy research includes laboratory and full-scale experiments on wind turbines, photovoltaic hydrogen production and wireless power transmission for solar power satellites. His present efforts focus on sustainable carbon-neutral technologies to power high-tech civilization consilient with a biodiverse planet. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Marty has been featured on the New York Times Dot Earth blog, where he was also shown discussing the Department of Energy's new energy R&D agency, ARPA-E. You can also watch him speaking at Google.