Baldur Eliasson

Curriculum Vitae

Baldur Eliasson was born in Iceland in 1937. He studied electrical engineering and astronomy at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich from 1958-1966. He did his doctoral thesis in the departments of electrical engineering and numerical mathematics at the same university on a theoretical subject regarding propagation of microwaves. From 1966 to 1969 he worked as a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena where he investigated the emissions of radio waves from molecular clouds within our galaxy.

Baldur returned to Switzerland during the second half of 1969, started to work in the newly founded Brown Boveri Research Center on theoretical subjects in physics, optics, laser theory, holography, scattering, electrical discharges and environmental technologies.

When Asea of Sweden and Brown Boveri of Switzerland merged in 1988 to form ABB, Baldur Eliasson was asked to follow the global environmental issues, first part time and then full time starting in 1991. He was in charge of ABB’s Energy and Global Change Program worldwide, reporting directly to the ABB’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The Energy and Global Change program followed all aspects of the Global Change issue, i.e. not only energy technology developments but also the political, scientific and economic aspects.

He represented ABB in a number of international programs in this area, such as the China Energy Technology Program together with the
Alliance for Global Sustainability and the International Energy Agency’s “R&D Program on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies” of which he was vice chairman from November 1995 until November 2002. Baldur Eliasson is a guest professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Tianjin University in Tianjin , China . Baldur was co-director of two separate Greenhouse Gas Chemistry Laboratories that ABB ran jointly with Tsinghua University and Tianjin University in China . He was a member of the Steering Committee of an International Project on Ocean Sequestration of CO2 in Hawaii and Norway . He was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Climate Forum from 2000-2005. Baldur Eliasson was a member of the Review Panel of the US Department of Energy’s Program on Climate Technologies from 2000-2005. He was also a member of the Review Panel of the Swiss National Foundation’s Climate Program from 2001 to 2004. Furthermore he is a member of the G8 Advisory Board on Renewable Technologies. Baldur represented Switzerland as one of the Review Editors of the newly published "IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage”.

In June 2001 Baldur was awarded a Special ABB Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Affairs”.
In September 2001 the Government of the City of
Tianjin in China , a city with 12 million inhabitants,  awarded the 3rd Hai He Medal to Baldur. This is the highest honor award given by the city to a foreigner.
In October 2001 Baldur was given the Climate Technology Award by the International Energy Agency in
Paris for “Excellence in Leadership” for introducing climate technologies in developing countries. This award was handed over at a Special Ceremony held during the United Nations’ 7th Conference of the Parties (COP-7) in Marrakech in Morocco in November 2001.

Baldur Eliasson has published more than 200 scientific papers and he is a member of a number of international scientific societies.

October 31st, 2002 Baldur retired officially from ABB. He now has his own consultancy company, “Eliasson & Associates”.

Baldur is married and a Swiss-Icelandic citizen. His wife is a Swiss-American citizen and they have two daughters.

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