Staff and Board: Dr. Peter H. Gleick
President Emeritus and Chief Scientist
Dr. Peter Gleick is a world renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute.
Peter developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human need and right to water – work that has been used by the United Nations and in human rights court cases. Also, he pioneered and advanced the concepts of the “soft path for water” and “peak water”.
Peter received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship and was elected both an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and nine books. Dr. Gleick holds a B.S. from Yale University and an Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.