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John Perlin, Solar Energy Historian

Name: John Perlin

Occupation: Author

Place of Residence: Santa Barbara, California

Background and Personal History: John has traveled and worked throughout the world. Like Cheech, he was born in East Los Angeles. John brought the first surf board to Israel. His book, A Forest Journey, was chosen by the Sierra Club as its “book of the year.” Harvard University Press listed the book as a “Classic in science and world history.” Time magazine chose it as “a must read for Earth Day.” For more details, go to John’s webpage,

Current Projects: Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy was published at the end of August 2013.

Other Fun Facts:  As a single parent, John raised a boy who is entering a doctorate program at UCLA in organic chemistry. John doesn’t have a car but rides his bike at least 20 miles per day. He has climbed some of the highest peaks in North America.

More Places to Find John on the Web:

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