Biography: Michael Oppenheimer

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Dr. Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, where he is also director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Dr. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He recently served as a lead author of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report. Dr. Oppenheimer was also involved in United Nations workshops that helped lead to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, Dr. Oppenheimer spent more than two decades at Environmental Defense, where he was chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program, and before that he was an atomic and molecular astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Alternative Liquid Transportation Fuels and as a science advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund, and was a co-founder of the Climate Action Network. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago and an S.B. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.