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Davor Pavuna, Croatian Physicist in Obama’s Science Team chosen by Steven Chu
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/31/2009 | Science , Politics , News | Unrated
Croatian visionary Davor Pavuna recognized by Nobel Laureat and Obama's team

prof. dr. Davor Pavuna

Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner and Obama’s energy minister, has named Croatian physicist Davor Pavuna as one of the reviewers of projects at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Croatian Jutarnji list daily reported.

- This is a great honour for me. In layman’s terms, it is as if the manager of the Brazilian football team chooses Slaven Bilic as advisor for selecting players – Dr Pavuna said. He will travel to Washington in less than a month for consults about the project.-.--.-Scientist

The U.S. Department of Energy last year had a budged of some 24 billion dollars. A radical turn in the sector’s policy is expected. By choosing Steven Chu as energy minister, Obama announced changes because before now, Nobel Prize winners had advisory roles in the government, never executive roles.

Enormous challenge for Pavuna

Chu is known for his adamant fight against climatic changes and advocates renewable sources of energy. America will not, as it has done in the past eight years, boycott global efforts to decrease the emission of greenhouse gasses that lead to global warming, analysts believe.

- Reviewing projects for the DOE will be an enormous challenge because it will focus on avant-garde research that, among other things, includes new materials, high-temperature superconductivity, so-called green energy and green technologies – Pavuna told the Jutarnji list daily.

Pavuna, 57, graduated from the Science and Mathematics Faculty in Zagreb. He got his doctor’s degree from Cambridge University. He additionally specialised in France, Australia, America and India. He has lived the past 22 years in Lausanne, where he is a physics professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale. Pavuna published more than 150 scientific papers and a text book on superconductivity in English. He is also a potential candidate for director of the “Rudjer Boskovic” Institute in Zagreb.

US President Barack Obama looks on as Steven Chu speaks after being introduced as Obama's Energy Secretary.


Isn't it time that Croatia starts to recognize its own talent? Isn't it time that Croatia finally addresses the issue of energy independence? Not gas. Not oil. Neither from Russia nor from Africa. Our own renewable resources. Isn't it time for Croatia to trust its own people who are so welcome all over the world, but so questionable at home? Isn't it time that we start to participate in the creation of a "smart country", like smart houses, where energy is preserved, produced and renewed at home, in our own backyard? Isn't it time that we have our own banks, that are like the energy or blood of the financial industry?

Bravo Davor. You did not become brilliant today. Today you have been acknowledged by those who knew it all along. Your integrity = your talent. We who know you even a little bit celebrate and hope that the eyes, of those who pretend not to be blind, simply open.

Nenad N. Bach
New York, January 31, 2009


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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Erik Margan)

    Three cheers for Dr. Pavuna!
    But allow me to clear a widespread misconception, present not just among the general public, but also by top politicians - we have just heard the same thing in the inauguration speech by president Obama, as he spoke about science and development.
    Whilst we certainly need top scientists near the government (not IN, scientocracy is a contradictio in adjecto!) we also need some top engineers there.
    Science is about the long term stuff - education, theory development, research, choosing key propulsive technologies and development directions, study the impact of the technology on environment. However, it's engineers who give us the practical applications of scientific concepts, they give us the concrete, immediately usable, down-to-earth products and short term solutions, which are eventually turned into large scale business and profit. In most occasions it's the engineeers who push the envelope, they invent new ideas and new solutions, sometimes even new paradigms.
    As an example, before the end of the XIX century, Lord Kelvin, one of the top scientists of his time, stated that machines heavier than air will never be able to fly - imagine if the Wright brothers have listened to him!
    OK, I'm aware that both Chu and Pavuna are aware of all this. The problem is that people who make the decisions and sign where the money goes should be told this very clearly in order to prevent wrong expectations and bad decisions. And not only in USA, this should also be clearly said in Europe as well.
    I would especially like to hear it said in Croatia!

  • Comment #2 (Posted by Ivica)

    I support!!
  • Comment #3 (Posted by CGC-BA2)

    Congratulations from your dear students at the EPFL !
  • Comment #4 (Posted by BLAZUN Juraj-Georges)

    Dobar dan gosp. profesor Pavuna,
    Sa postovanjem vas molim procitati Blog: na francuski i na hrvatski, iznenadjem sam kod saznanja da ste uvrsteni savjetnik predsjednika OBAMA.
    Pokusavam uci u kontakt sa predsjednokom za ponudu projekta koji ce ponistiti bilo koji uragan koji razbija svojim prolazom po juznim djelovima Amerike zatim jos jednoga od strateske vaznosti.
    Moja sposobnost moze sloziti tehnologiju za bilo koje djelovanje.
    Profesor Pavuna, ako mi odgovorite no dopis, otpocet ce nova era tehnologije.
    Sa iskrenim postovanjem i pozdravima Juraj-Georges BLAZUN
  • Comment #5 (Posted by NEDELJKO ALOJEVIC)

  • Comment #6 (Posted by Dr Ingrid Detter de Frankopan)

    Excellent! If Croatia used the potential of Croatian diaspora it could be the most impressive & influential country!
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Marcelo Adrian Garcia )

    I think it's great to know that brilliant minds get to work for the betterness of the well being of the earth and all that is in it.
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