Obayashi PrizeRecipient of the Fifth Obayashi Prize

Mr.Mark LEVINEStaff Senior Scientist and Leader of China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (at the time of receiving the prize)

1944 Born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
1966 Graduates with highest honors from Princeton University
1966-67 Studies in Berlin as Fulbright Scholar
1972 Completes Ph.D. course (chemistry) at the University of California, Berkeley
1975 Awarded Ph.D. (chemistry) by the University of California, Berkeley
1972-74 Takes part in Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project
1974-78 Serves as senior energy policy analyst at SRI International in Menlo Park, California)
1978-80 Serves as Deputy Head of Energy Analysis Program, LBNL
1985 Appointed Head of Energy Analysis Program, LBNL
1997 Appointed Head of Research, LBNL (annual budget of over 10 million dollars)
1998 Appointed Director of Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL
2007 Appointed Staff Senior Scientist and Leader of China Energy Group, LBNL

Reason for receiving the prize

Mr. LEVINE has been involved in research on the environment and energy for many years. He has made a particularly important contribution to the development of research of technologies for improving energy efficiency in the field of architecture, indoor air quality technologies, and clean energy technologies such as advanced batteries and low NOx combustion. He has been an active member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Prize last year, serving as lead author of chapters on mitigation technologies in the second to fourth IPCC Assessment Reports. He has also served on the energy and environment committees of American and Asian non-profit organizations and played a leading role in having their recommendations incorporated in national policies.