Burton Richter

Nobel Prize physicist

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Burton Richter won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1976 for his co-discovery of a new sub-atomic particle. In 2009, Richter organized 30 Nobel laureates to petition President Obama to significantly increase energy innovation funding. Richter is the author of Smoke and Mirrors, a book arguing for a more pragmatic and scientific approach to global warming. Richter served as Director of the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (formerly Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) and is today Senior Fellow of Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, Woods Institute on the Environment, and Precourt Institute on Energy. Richter received the American Association for the Advancement of Science Philip Hauge Abelson Prize (2007) for his world-class contributions to research, his successful management of a leading scientific laboratory, and his unrelenting efforts to advance science and to promote its responsible use in shaping public policy.

Burton Richter in the News



Revkin, Andrew, "With Tight Research Budgets, Is There Room for the Eternal Promise of Fusion?," New York Times, October 18, 2012.


"Stanford's Burton Richter Wins Top Science Award," San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2012.


Golden, Mark, "Stanford Physicist Burton Richter's Moderate Approach to Climate Change Gaining Fans," Stanford Report, December 27, 2011.


Keynote presentation, "Energy in Three Dimensions", at Energy innovation 2010


Publications by Burton Richter

"Reducing Prolferation Risk," Issues in Science and Technology, Fall 2008.


"Nuclear Power: A Status Report," Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #58, September 2006.