Amory and Hunter Lovins

Awarded 1983


For pioneering soft energy paths for global security.

Hunter Lovins is a prominent environmentalist. Amory Lovins is a leading American physicist. Together, they co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute, a global think-and-do-tank with more than 200 staff members which works to transform the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all.

Hunter and Amory Lovins worked together as analysts, lecturers and consultants on energy, resource and security policy in over 50 countries during 1979-2002. Together with Paul Hawken, they wrote Natural Capitalism, a book that has been translated into more than 30 languages. Hunter and Amory Lovins were married until 1999. Since early 2000, they have continued their work for energy efficiency and a sustainable future individually.

Hunter Lovins founded Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), an organisation that help companies, communities, and countries implement more regenerative practices profitably, in 2002. She serves as President of NCS and has authored 15 books. Amory Lovins is Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute. He has served as an energy advisor to major firms and governments across the globe and authored 31 books.

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Hunter Lovins, 1983 Laureate

Hunter Lovins has degrees in Law, Political Science and Sociology and several honorary doctorates. She is a member of the California Bar and has taught at numerous universities around the world. Hunter regularly lectures to audiences around the globe and has briefed senior officials in more than 30 countries.

Amory Lovins is educated at Harvard and Oxford. He has held various academic chairs, received ten honorary doctorates, and consulted for hundreds of firms, governments, and organizations worldwide. Amory Lovins has received the Delphi, Blue Planet, and Volvo Prizes, the Heinz, Lindbergh, World Technology, Jean Meyer, and National Design Awards, and the Happold and Benjamin Franklin Medals, and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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