4 things you should know according to Bill Gates' favorite author

Vaclav Smil, a Czech-Canadian scientist and policy analyst. Photo by: Eva Smil

Bill Gates has said there is no author whose books he looks forward to more than those of Vaclav Smil, a Czech-Canadian scientist and professor emeritus of environment and geography at the University of Manitoba.

Titles including “Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate” and “Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production” sit on Gates’ bookshelf.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.