Walt Patterson

Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Walt Patterson joined Chatham House as an associate fellow in 1991. He was senior research fellow 1993-2000 until retirement, since when he has again been associate fellow. He is also a visiting fellow in the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, and a founder-member of the International Energy Advisory Council. A postgraduate in nuclear physics from the University of Manitoba in Canada, he has been actively involved in energy and environment since the late 1960s. Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future is his fourteenth book. He has also published hundreds of papers, articles and reviews, on topics including nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy and electricity. He has been specialist adviser to two select committees of the House of Commons, an expert witness at many official hearings, a frequent broadcaster and adviser to media, and speaker or chair in conferences around the world. He has been awarded the Melchett Medal of the Energy Institute. The Scientific American 50 named him 'energy policy leader' for his advocacy of decentralized electricity