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Secretary of Energy - Steven Chu
12.19.08, 04:32 PM CST
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Steven Chu, 60, is a Nobel Prize winning physicist selected by President-elect Obama to serve as secretary of energy. Chu is less well-known than several other members of Obama's energy team. According to the Washington Post, "Chu's views on climate change would be among the most forceful ever held by a cabinet member."

Chu worked extensively in laser cooling and the trapping of atoms, from which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. As of his announcement as energy secretary, Chu served as Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the director of the school's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu's work at the Laboratory has involved efforts to create technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A second generation Chinese American, Chu was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1970 and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Chu worked at Bell Labs before teaching physics at Stanford University in 1987.

Joining Chu in Obama's energy team will be Lisa Jackson, former commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection to head the EPA. Former Clinton EPA administer Carol Browner will run a new White House post on the environment and climate. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley will head the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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