Peter Gleick

Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.

Peter is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2001, Peter was dubbed a “visionary on the environment” by the BBC. In 1999, Peter was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, and in 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Peter received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and seven books, including the biennial water report, The World’s Water, and Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.

Outside of Science: Peter is a birdwatcher, plays the 5-string banjo, and enjoys spending time in the desert.