Robert H. Williams is Senior Research Scientist
at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental
Studies. His research interests span a wide range of topics
relating to advanced energy technologies, energy strategies,
and energy policy, for both industrialized and developing countries.
A considerable part of his research is focused on energy technologies
and strategies for developing countries, where most of the
growth in global energy demand will take place, and where environmental
and security challenges relating to energy are especially great.
He was Chair of the Renewable Energy Task Force for the President's
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and
was the principal author of "Renewable Energy," (Chapter
6) in the 1997 report, Federal Energy Research & Development
for the Challenges of the 21st Century and Report of the Energy
R&D Panel. He received a B.S. in physics from Yale University
in 1962 and a Ph.D. in theoretical plasma physics from the
University of California at Berkeley in 1967.