steven chu

Dr. Steven Chu

A pioneer in and ardent advocate of carbon-neutral renewable sources of energy and other scientific solutions for addressing climate change, Dr. Chu held the chair from its establishment in 2008 until his departure from UC Berkeley to become the U.S. Secretary of Energy. While at UC Berkeley, he served as a professor in the Department of Physics and was Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Chu shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on cooling and trapping atoms using laser light.