Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson

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Professor Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson (Icelandic : Þorsteinn Ingi Sigfússon; June 4, 1954 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland – July 15, 2019) was an Icelandic physicist prominent in the field of energy research. He was awarded the Global Energy Prize in 2007, and was the Director of the Innovation Center Iceland at the University of Iceland, where he holds the Icelandic Alloys Chair. [1]

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Education and professional work

After studying at Hamrahlid College in Reykjavík, Thorsteinn graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1978 with a degree in Physics. He earned his PhD in 1983 at Darwin College, Cambridge.

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