Dr. John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as professor in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the independent, nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. From 1973 to 1996 he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded and co-led the interdisciplinary graduate-degree program in energy and resources.
Dr. Holdren holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford and is highly regarded for his work on energy technology and policy, global climate change, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the John Heinz Prize in Public Policy, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Volvo Environment Prize. He served from 1991 until 2005 as a member of the MacArthur Foundation's board of trustees.
During the Clinton administration Dr. Holdren served as a member of PCAST through both terms and in that capacity chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation. In December 1995 he gave the acceptance lecture for the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization of scientists and public figures in which he held leadership positions from 1982 to 1997.
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John P. Holdren's Posts
- September 24, 2010 at 3:20 PM EST
The National Ocean Council (NOC) works to build a governance structure that will support the Council as it works to ensure the stewardship of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.
- August 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM EST
In this week’s "Ask the President's Science Advisor," OSTP Director Dr. John P. Holdren answers an e-mail asking how the Obama Administration is encouraging children to apply their ingenuity to tackling the grand challenges that face our country and the world.
- June 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM EST
In this week’s "Ask the President's Science Advisor," Dr. Holdren answers an e-mail question concerning the Obama Administration's efforts to enhance scientific integrity in Federal policymaking.
- May 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM EST
In this week’s "Ask the President's Science Advisor," Dr. Holdren tackles an e-mail question about mentoring from a PhD candidate.
- May 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM EST
In this week's "Ask the President's Science Advisor," Dr. Holdren answers a personally oriented question from Twitter. Submit your questions via e-mail or Twitter for consideration in next week's Ask Dr. H!
- May 20, 2010 at 8:41 PM EST
John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, discusses a letter from the President to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues regarding scientific news on laboratory-synthesized DNA.
- May 14, 2010 at 8:24 PM EST
The first question selected by Dr. Holdren for a new feature on our blog--"Ask the President's Science Advisor"--has to do with the structure of universities. Submit your questions for consideration in next week's Ask Dr. H!
- September 29, 2009 at 9:25 AM EST
- August 6, 2009 at 9:05 AM EST