David MacKay, Professor in the Department of Physics at Cambridge University and author of the influential book Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air has been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The Chief Scientific Advisor’s role is to ensure that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available.
David studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted increasing amounts of time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. He's written a textbook, Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms as well as the free book, Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air