I first became aware of david mackay, a professor of physics at the university of cambridge, a few years ago when a friend pointed me to his book without the hot air. June 20 ive updated my map of the world which shows, country by country, how human powerconsumption per unit area compares with the powerproduction per unit area of renewables. A tribute to prof david mackay scottish renewables. Sadly david passed away in the spring of this year but part of his immense. Professor david mackay and the renewables delusion skepteco. David mackay was a professor in the department of physics at the university of cambridge. David mackay studied natural sciences at trinity college, then went to caltech to complete a phd in computation and neural systems. Fiona mackay is professor of politics, and director of the universitys new gendered initiative. You will not find a more generous and engaging guide to. Join facebook to connect with david mackay and others you may know. David mackay was born the fifth child of donald maccrimmon mackay and valerie mackay. Oct 25, 2010 david mackay, scientific advisor to the department of energy and climate change, uk addressed energy issues at a macro and micro scale with the harvard university community and beyond. Fingerprint dive into the research topics where david mackay is active.
He worked on machine learning, information theory and neural networks, developed dasher an app allowing people with severe disabilities to type and, in december 2008, selfpublished a book sustainable energy without the hot air in which he discussed, with workedout ballpark figures, how we use energy and how we. She served as director of the graduate school of social and political science 200912, deputy director 200307, and politics postgraduate adviser 20078. Wind and solar a waste of money for uk, prof sir david. Although he is writing for an intelligent, but predominantly nonscientific audience, you can tell the man is a scientist to his fingertips. He was the regius professor of engineering in the department of engineering at the university of cambridge and from 2009 to 2014 was chief scientific adviser to the uk department of energy and climate change. In 1994, the mackays moved to the muscle shoals area where david founded windblown sound studio. Apr 18, 2016 sir david mackay, who has died of cancer aged 48, was a true polymath, a rare breed in todays world, where the frontiers of scientific knowledge are increasingly remote and complex. Weekday morning breaking news desk anchor fillin anchor. Information theory, inference and learning algorithms mackay, david j.
The other notable contribution to the energy conversation made by prof. Mckay 18731970, ninth president of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints david s. Sir david mackay obituary environment the guardian. Apr 27, 2016 the video of prof david mackays interview honours him greatly as his friendly and expressive personality shines through.
Sir david john cameron mackay frs finstp fice was a british physicist, mathematician, and academic. Within two years it had sold more than 40,000 copies in print and been downloaded. David mackay, professor of physics at cambridge, has published a wide ranging book on sustainable energy. Hopefully everyone who reads this blog has also had the opportunity to read davids book, if not i can highly recommend it. Mackay authored the book sustainable energy without the hot air. For anyone with influence on energy policy, whether in government, business or a campaign group, this book should be compulsory reading. Prof sir david mackay frs regius professor of engineering fellow of darwin college visitor.
David mackay was a professor of physics at cambridge university. Apr 27, 2016 david mackay s last interview, in conversation with mark lynas, before his death from cancer on 14 april 2016. David mackay was not a proponent of any one of the many ways that we can generate clean power. Sustainable energy without the hot air mackay, david. In the 90s he was a member of the donna jean band and most recently the reformed heart of gold band. If the planet and its people are the patient, mackays book is the the lab results, temperature chart and electrocardiogram.
The main text of his book is readable and witty and its technical appendices bristle with equations. David is the author of the critically acclaimed book. David mackay appointed regius professor of engineering. Dave forney, massachusetts institute of technology.
His detailed book information theory, inference, and learning algorithms 2003 was an instant classic and is still widely read in the field. If you are at all interested in the topic, i strongly encourage you to take a look at the book and the talk. May 03, 2016 wind turbines and solar panels are a waste of money if britain wants reliable low carbon electricity supplies through the winter, the late professor sir david mackay said in his final interview. David mackay last interview and tribute mark lynas. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Tony juniper former executive director, friends of the earth at last a book that comprehensively reveals the true facts about sustainable energy in a form that is both highly readable and entertaining. I was sad to learn last month that david mackay had died of cancer. Professor sir david mackay 19672016 department of engineering. The freakonomics of conservation, climate and energy. He brings this huge subject down to size by measuring our use and sources of energy in understandable units on. David mackay vc 18311880, scottish soldier and winner of the victoria cross david o. But this is not a reason to fail to take issue with his opinions on energy, so firmly stated and, as he says, because of the circumstances. Information theory, inference and learning algorithms. There he has worked not only as a bassist, but an engineer and producer as well.
Mackay frs born in 1956 is professor of mathematics at the university of warwick. Fiona mackay school of social and political science. Mackays approach to energy production and consumption is straightforward. Professor david mackay, author of the 2008 book sustainable energy without the hot air, died last week aged 48. If you would like to have the book for free for your own use, please help yourself. He also wrote the book sustainable energy without the hot air. Wfsbchannel 3 eyewitness news connecticut cbs affiliate march 2017present. Wind and solar a waste of money for uk, prof sir david mackay. He was the regius professor of engineering in the department of engineering at the university of cambridge and from 2009 to 2014 was chief scientific adviser to the uk department of energy and climate change decc. View david mackays profile on linkedin, the worlds largest professional community. Mar 28, 20 professor david mackay has been appointed regius professor of engineering at the university of cambridge. Mon 99 mackay stone study, potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas production and use published by decc.
As a scientist, he made contributions to a wide range of fields, including metallurgy, information theory, machine learning, humancomputer interaction and. Mon 99 mackaystone study, potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas production and use published by decc. He studied natural sciences at cambridge and then obtained his phd in computation and neural systems at the california institute of technology. I discovered david through his eyeopening book sustainable energywithout the. Go to the disambiguation page to edit author name combination and separation. It supports independent organizers who want to create a ted like event in their own community. Mackay information theory inference learning algorithms. I was sad to hear of the recent death of professor sir david mackay. David mackay was one of the uks top physicists and took a lead role in the introduction of green energy initiatives and energy conservation.
Prof david mackay raised awareness, accompanied with solutions. I have worked with him as editor and publisher and known him as a friend in the eight years since then. See the complete profile on linkedin and discover davids. Senior policy manager michael rieley writes about his contribution to the energy debate. Sir david mackay, who has died of cancer aged 48, was a true. Dr david mackays reality check on renewables unintended. Publication date 1906 usage attributionnoncommercialshare alike 2. May 03, 2016 the idea that renewable energy can power the uk is an appalling delusion, according to the final interview given by former chief scientific adviser, the late professor sir david mackay. The gist of the book is also captured in the series of lectures here. Prof mackay was a physicist at the university of cambridge and served as chief scientific adviser to the department of energy and climate change decc from 20092014.
The book, available as a free download from his site, objectively details various alternative energy options and the costs of implementing them. David mackay 4 david mackay disambiguation author division david mackay is composed of at least 6 distinct authors, divided by their works. He brings this huge subject down to size by measuring our use and sources of energy in understandable units on a human scale. Professor sir david mackay frs shell climate change. Apr 15, 2016 mackays book, published free on the internet before it appeared in the bookshops, was an immediate sellout. David mackay sustainable energy without the hot air. Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both. Professor sir david mackay, who has died aged 48, was a cambridge university physicist who set out to cut uk emissions of twaddle by applying the laws of physics and mathematics to the.
An eminent researcher in machine learning and information theory, and a fellow of the royal society, professor mackay is perhaps better known to the public for his groundbreaking work on sustainable energy and, in particular, as the author of the critically acclaimed. At last a book that comprehensively reveals the true facts about sustainable energy in a form that is both highly readable and entertaining. We are saddened by the loss of professor sir david mackay, regius professor of engineering, who lost his battle against stomach cancer on thursday 14th april 2016. An eminent researcher in machine learning and information theory, and a fellow of the royal society, professor mackay is perhaps better known to the public for his groundbreaking work on sustainable energy and, in particular, as the author of the critically acclaimed book, sustainable energy without the hot air. View the profiles of professionals named david mackay on linkedin. Download the book you can also browse the book using the table of contents the whole book, all in one 12m pdf file. Economics of every choice is only briefly touched on, however. Sustainable energy without the hot air with david mackay. Tedx was created in the spirit of ted s mission, ideas worth spreading. Errata two pages pdf also available as html if you prefer, you can get the book in five slightlysmaller chunks or in other electronic formats. In 2008 uit cambridge published david mackays book, sustainable energy without the hot air. Idea of renewables powering uk is an appalling delusion. This book, free to download, is simply the best energy reference produced to date and provides both great detail and a. William alexander mackay 1842 1905 by zorra, in the following sketches, is meant a little district in oxford county, ontario, some ten miles square, composed of part of east and part of west zorra, and containing a population of about fourteen hundred.
David mackay s last interview, in conversation with mark lynas, before his death from cancer on 14 april 2016. For a book about energy policy written by a physicist, this is surprisingly humorous. Dave mackay musician born 1932, jazz pianist, singer and composer david mackay producer born 1944, australian record producerarranger and musical director david mckay activist born 1986, activist and artist known for his betrayal by brandon darby and subsequent incarceration david mckay actor, scottish actor known for the television. Breakthrough institute is proud to announce david mackay, regius professor of engineering at cambridge university and former chief scientific advisor to the uks department of energy and climate change, as the 2016 breakthrough paradigm award winner. The story focuses on taro brook, a ranger who drifts into different people in different worlds and universes. Now the book is published, these files will remain viewable on this website. David made sustainable energywithout the hot air available as a free download. As an information theorist and computer scientist, david mackay uses hard math to assess our renewable energy options.
The same rules will apply to the online copy of the book as apply to normal books. David mackay, scientific advisor to the department of energy and climate change, uk addressed energy issues at a macro and micro scale. The theory for clustering and soft kmeans can be found at the book of david mackay. A reality check on green energy from david mackay, a. Mackay steps through the numbers presenting a clear and. Dec 01, 2008 david mackay author is also first and foremost there is a lot of analysis of the various renewable energy sources and their potential of helping us replace fossil fuels over the next few decades. She is a former dean and head of the school of social and political science 20142017. Tcm group, cavendish laboratory 19 jj thomson avenue, cambridge, cb3 0he uk. These recollections are from my personal experience, so they focus on his book and related events.1349 201 723 300 952 185 1685 534 1591 1172 177 1199 1468 1473 352 1452 1244 284 284 1481 1327 311 502 1491 602 1539 329 953 1481 188 1024 70 828 1323 722 399 1127 1459 1167 188 918 436 397