An author, editor, and analyst with particular expertise in energy, technology, and geopolitics, Richard Martin is the energy editor of the MIT Technology Review. He is the author of two books: SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future, which was described as “the most important science and technology book of the year” and was reviewed favorably in Nature, Foreign Affairs, New Scientist, and many other publications, and Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet, which foresaw the death of the global coal industry.
A far-sighted anticipator of trends in energy and technology, Martin was among the first Western journalists to cover the Caspian Sea oil boom, in the late 1990s; the first writer to signal the renaissance of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors, in 2009; and, in 2010, one of the earliest analysts to herald the oil and gas resurgence that has made the U.S. a net petroleum exporter for the first time since the late 1940s. His work has appeared in Time, The Atlantic, Fortune, Wired, The Asian Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
Martin’s article “The God Particle and the Grid” (Wired, April 2004) was selected for Best Science Writing of 2004. Published in the December, 2009 issue of Wired, his groundbreaking article on thorium power, “The New Green Nuke,” helped catalyze the thorium power movement and was the subject of a conference at Google, at which Martin was the featured speaker, in March 2010. For four years he was the editorial director at Navigant Research, the premier clean-energy research and analysis firm, and he has held senior editorial positions at The Industry Standard, ABCNews.com, InformationWeek, and The Arkansas Times. He is the recipient of the White Award for Investigative Reporting (from the national City & Regional Magazine Association), an “Excellence in Journalism” award from the Society for Professional Journalists, and a Rotary Journalism Fellowship.
He is also a veteran reporter on Asian affairs. In 1993-94 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong, and in 1997 he spent three months in Central Asia as one of the first Western journalists to report on the Caspian Sea oil boom.
An accomplished public speaker and commentator, Martin has lectured at Cambridge University, the Korea Advanced Institute for Science & Technology, Google, and the United Kingdom Parliament, has been interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday, CBS Radio, and CNN, and has spoken and moderated panels at many industry/technology conferences.
He was educated at Yale University and the University of Hong Kong.