Remembering Art Rosenfeld 1926-2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Art Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus of the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, died on Friday, January 27 in Berkeley, California. He was 90. Dr. Rosenfeld was widely known as the father of energy efficiency for championing energy-saving requirements for appliances and buildings.

Dr. Rosenfeld has been a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley since 1957, and Emeritus since 1994. He became part of, and eventually managed, the Nobel prize-winning particle physics group of Luis Alvarez at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) until 1973. He received the Berkeley Citation in 2001.

Dr. Rosenfeld studied physics at the University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi, the Nobel laureate who created the world’s first controlled nuclear chain reaction under an abandoned university football stadium. He received a Ph.D. in 1954.

Dr. Rosenfeld is most proud to have received the Enrico Fermi Award in 2006, the oldest and one of the most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. government and named for his mentor. In 2008 in London, The Economist magazine awarded him innovator of the Year in the field of Energy and Environment.

In 2010 he was voted into the National Academy of Engineering. In June 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia, President Medvedev presented Dr. Rosenfeld with the prestigious Global Energy Prize in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in energy efficiency.

In February 2013, Dr. Rosenfeld received a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for his development of energy efficient building technologies as well as related building standards and policies. On January 29, 2015, at the California Energy Commission’s 40th anniversary celebration, the Commission renamed its main hearing room (Hearing Room A) in honor of Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld, who served as Commissioner from 2000 until 2010.

Rosenfeld is survived by his two daughters, Dr. Margaret Rosenfeld and Dr. Anne Hansen, and six grandchildren. His wife of 53 years, Roz, passed away in 2009.

The family held a memorial for the community at 3:00 p.m. on June 24 at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. For detailed information about Dr. Art Rosenfeld’s life and achievements please go to:

Read Berkeley Lab news article
Washington Post announcement

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Donations in Art Rosenfeld’s name can be made to the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the UC Berkeley Graduate Giving Rosenfeld Award

Julie Chao