Richard Muller

Professor of Physics
University of Califoria at Berkeley



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Richard Muller is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, President of Muller & Associates LLC, and a General Partner of the China Shale Fund.

Rich has been awarded the MacArthur Prize, the National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, the Texas Instruments Foundation Founders Prize, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize. He was named by Newsweek as one of top 25 innovators in the US in all fields in 1989, and featured in Forbes Magazine in March 2009. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the California Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 120 scientific articles and eight books, including Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Norton, 2008).

While Rich is best known for his work in astrophysics and geophysics, he also spent over a decade researching paleoclimate. His primary interest was in the Milankovitch cycles, and is the author of a technical book "Ice Ages and Astronomical Causes" (co-author: the late Gordon MacDonald), published by Springer, which emphasizes methods of mathematical climate analysis. He also published a series of papers on the subject in Nature, Science, Geology, Paleoceanography and elsewhere, and was a referee for the National Academy of Sciences on IPCC work. He is now focusing all of his research effort on recent climate, particularly the surface temperature records.

Rich has over three decades of high level advising to the US Government (Dept. of Energy, NASA, Dept. of Defense, others) on science and technology issues relating to energy and national security. He is also an advisor/consultant to many companies on energy and high-tech.

Richard has been married to Rosemary Muller for over 40 years, and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Melinda.

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