Kennette Square, PA (Vocus) September 22, 2010
New autobiography details life and work of solar energy innovator
President Obama’s recent announcement of a landmark $2 billion grant to fund the creation of clean energy jobs has been hailed as a crucial step towards the development of alternative energy. But while there are still great strides to be taken in the adoption of this essential technology, it has been in development for decades. The Life of the Solar Pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer (published by iUniverse) delves into the life and mind of scientist and solar energy expert Karl Wolfgang Böer.
The founder of the American Solar Energy Society, Böer is the world’s leading authority on cadmium sulfide (CdS), the important semiconductor used in solar energy technology. With co-author Esther Riehl as its third-person narrator, The Life of the Solar Pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer reads like a straightforward biography and is interspersed with Böer’s own quotations, reflections and other contributions.
Riehl first reflects on Böer’s formative years in Germany, where he would return to post-World War II Berlin to find that his parents and most other relatives had perished in the war’s last days. An avid scholar, he would persevere and go on to become a distinguished professor of the prestigious Humboldt University in Berlin at the age of 35.
Throughout his life, Böer’s work has continuously bridged the gap between academia and the technology industry. Working as the director of the Institute of Energy Conversion and founding SES, Inc, a subsidiary of Shell Oil, gave Böer a solid foundation of experience in the research and development of solar energy technology. In 1973, this research would culminate in his groundbreaking creation of “Solar One,” the first house to convert sunlight into electricity and heat.
Illuminating and comprehensive, The Life of the Solar Pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer is brimming with ideas and philosophy. The development of solar energy as a viable alternative to conventional fossil fuel or nuclear-based conversions is progressing, and this unprecedented nonfiction gives new hope for its future.
About the Authors
Karl Wolfgang Böer came to the United States from Germany in 1961. He received his doctorate from Humboldt University of Berlin. The author of more than 350 science publications, he has also written dozens of books and patents and created the most successful international solid state physics journal. A professor emeritus of physics and solar energy at of the University of Delaware, Böer is a fellow of four professional societies and a successful entrepreneur. Esther Riehl is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware.