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Robert Rosner

William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, the College, and Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Chair, Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Robert Rosner is a theoretical physicist on the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1987, where he is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute, the Computation Institute, and the Harris School of Public Policy. He served as Argonne Laboratory Director from 2005–2009, and prior to that was the Laboratory’s Chief Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director for Physical, Biological and Computational Sciences (2002–2005). He is Chair of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001; and was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (as a Foreign Member) in 2004. He has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies, including especially nuclear energy, the electrification of transport, and energy use in urban environments. In 2011 he co-founded the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC), spanning the Harris School of Public Policy, the Booth School of Business, and the Department of Economics. 

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.