Daniel Yergin

The History of Oil and the History of the 20th Century Are Very Similar and Intertwined

Daniel Howard Yergin (born February 6, 1947)


Is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, speaker, and economic researcher. Yergin is the co-founder and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an energy research consultancy that is now part of IHS Inc. He is best known as author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.


Early life and education

Born in Los Angeles, California to a Chicago Tribune reporter father and a mother who was a sculptor and painter, Yergin attended Beverly Hills High School. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1968, where he served on the board of the Yale Daily News, and was a founder of The New Journal. He earned his PhD in International Relations (1974) from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar. He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado School of Mines, University of Houston, and the University of Missouri.



From 1977 through 1980, he was a Lecturer at the Harvard Business School and, until 1983, a Lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) in 1982 with the purchase of a $7.00 file cabinet from Goodwill.[2][not specific enough to verify] In 2004, CERA was acquired by the information company IHS Inc. In addition to being chairman of IHS CERA, he is also executive vice president of IHS.


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