Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production, history of technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. By June 2023 he published 47 books and more than 500 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and a Member of the Order of Canada.


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.