Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 40 books and nearly 500 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy). In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers and in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. He has worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions, has been an invited speaker in more than 400 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has lectured at many universities in North America, Europe and East Asia. His wife Eva is a physician and his son David is an organic chemist.

Books by Vaclav Smil

Pre-1990 books by Vaclav Smil

These books are no longer in print.

Smil, V. 1976. China’s Energy: Achievements, Problems, Prospects. New York: Praeger Publishers, xxi + 246 pp.
Smil, V. and W.E. Knowland, eds. 1980. Energy in the Developing World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 386 pp.
Smil, V., P. Nachman and T.V. Long, II. 1982. Energy Analysis in Agriculture An Application to U.S. Corn Production. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, Boulder, xvi + 191 pp.
Smil, V. 1983. Biomass Energies: Resources, Links, Constraints. New York: Plenum Press, xxi + 453 pp.
Smil, V. 1984. The Bad Earth: Environmental Degradation in China. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xvi + 245 pp.
Smil, V. 1985. Carbon Nitrogen Sulfur: Human Interference in Grand Biospheric Cycles. New York: Plenum Press, xv + 459 pp.
Smil, V. 1987. Energy Food Environment: Realities Myths Options. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ix + 361 pp.
Smil, V. 1988. Energy in China’s Modernization. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xiv + 250 pp.