Dr. John Holdren Receives 2007 Robert Fletcher Award
The Robert Fletcher Award is given annually to a graduate or friend of Thayer School in recognition of distinguished achievement and service in the highest tradition of the School. The award is named in honor of Robert Fletcher, who was appointed by Sylvanus Thayer as the School's first professor of engineering and its first director (1871–1918). The Dean of Thayer School chooses each year's award recipient who then traditionally delivers Thayer School's Investiture speech.
Dr. Holdren's career has focused on global environmental change, sustainable development, energy technology and policy, and nuclear arms control. He holds degrees in engineering and physics from MIT and Stanford, and spent many years as a leader of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group before moving to Harvard in 1996.
Holdren is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" Fellowship, a former member of PCAST (President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology), last year's President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the current Chair of the AAAS Board of Directors. He delivered the keynote address at the national AAAS meeting earlier this year, and also delivered the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.