KLAUS S. LACKNER
Degrees from Heidelberg University, Germany; Vordiplom, (equivalent
to a B.S.) in 1975, Diplom (or M.S.) in 1976 and Ph.D. in
theoretical particle physics, summa cum laude, in 1978.
Clemm-Haas Price for outstanding Ph. D. thesis at Heidelberg
University; Cold Spring Harbor Summer School on Computational
Prof. Lackner joined the faculty of Columbia University in
2001, where he is now the Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics
in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering.
He received his Ph.D. in 1978 in theoretical physics from
the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He held postdoctoral
positions at the California Institute of Technology and the
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center before joining Los Alamos
National Laboratory in 1983. He has been a scientist
in the Theoretical Division for much of that time, but also
has been part of the Laboratory’s upper management.
He held several positions among them Acting Associate Laboratory
Director for Strategic and Supporting Research, which represents
roughly a third of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Klaus Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology
of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks,
he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with
fractional nuclear charge. He is still participating in matter
searches for particles with a non-integer charge in an experiment
conducted at Stanford by Martin Perl and his group.
After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Klaus Lackner
became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research.
In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high
explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion,
and numerical algorithms. His interest in self-replicating
machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as
one of seven ideas that could change the world. Presently
he is developing innovative approaches to energy issues of
the future. He has been instrumental in forming ZECA,
the Zero Emission Coal Alliance, which is an industry-led
effort to develop coal power with zero emissions to the atmosphere.
His recent work is on environmentally acceptable technologies
for the use of fossil fuels.
Klaus S. Lackner, Christopher H. Wendt, Darryl P. Butt, Edward
L. Joyce and David H. Sharp, “Carbon Dioxide Disposal
in Carbonate Minerals.” Energy 20, (1995), 1153–1170.
Fraser Goff and Klaus S. Lackner, “Carbon Dioxide Sequestering
Using Ultramafic Rocks.” Environmental Geoscience, 5,
No. 3, 1998, pp. 89-101.
Darryl P. Butt, Klaus S. Lackner, Christopher H. Wendt, Koji
Nomura and Yukio Yanagisawa, “The Importance of and
a Method for Disposing of Carbon Dioxide in a Thermodynamically
Stable Form.” World Resource Review, 11,
1999, pp. 196–219.
T. M. Yegulalp, K S. Lackner H-J. Ziock, “A review
of emerging technologies for sustainable use of coal for power
generation.” Proceedings of the Sixth International
Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in
Energy and Mineral Production. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May
30-June 2, 2000.
Klaus Lackner and Ralph Menikoff, “Multi-Scale Linear
Solvers for Very Large Systems Derived from PDEs.” SIAM
Journal on Scientific Computing 21, (2000) pp. 1950–1968.
Klaus S. Lackner and George Zweig, “Introduction to
the Chemistry of Fractionally Charged Atoms: Electronegativity.”
Phys. Rev. D 28 (1983) 1671.
R. Menikoff, K. S. Lackner, N.L. Johnson, S.A. Colgate, J.M.
Hyman and G.A. Miranda, “Shock Wave Driven by a Phased
Implosion.” Phys. Fluids. A3(1), January 1991, pp. 201–218.
Klaus S. Lackner, Charles D. Hendrick, Martin L. Perl and
Gordon Shaw, “Efficient Bulk Search for Fractional Charge
with Multiplexed Millikan Chamber” Measurement Science
and Technology, 5 (1994) 337–347.
Klaus S. Lackner, Christopher H. Wendt, “Exponential
Growth of Large Self-Reproducing Machine Systems.” Mathematical
and Computer Modelling 21, (1995), 55–81.
Klaus S. Lackner, Hans-J. Ziock and Patrick Grimes. “Carbon
Dioxide Extraction from Air: Is it an Option?” Proceedings
of the 24th International Conference on Coal Utilization &
Fuel Systems. Clearwater, Florida, March 8-11, 1999. pp. 885–896.