Born in a New Jersey farmhouse, educated on the streets of New York and at several fine universities, Bernie Bulkin is by now a fully paid up member of the British establishment and in the midst of his third career. He spent 18 years as an academic scientist, teacher, and leader at various New York universities. For his research he received the Coblentz Award, the Society of Applied Spectroscopy Gold Medal, the Sigma Xi Distinguished Research Citation, and the Oscar Foster Award in Chemical Education.
In his second career, also 18 years long, he held a variety of industrial management and research positions with BP, including Head of the Products Division, Vice President for Refining, Chief Technology Officer for BP Oil, Vice President Environmental Affairs, and Chief Scientist.
After leaving BP in January 2004, Bernie Bulkin has been a venture capitalist with California firm Vantage Point and London firm Ludgate Investments Ltd, he has been on the board of 11 companies, chairing two UK public companies, has held several posts with the UK Government including Chair of the Office of Renewable Energy, co-founded companies to build solar projects in the Middle East and Africa, and currently serves as a non-executive director of ATN International and ARQ, Ltd. Bernie has held numerous positions with educational and charitable organisations. He is Emeritus Professorial Fellow of the University of Cambridge and a Vice President of the Energy Institute. His radio programs, Environment on the Edge, were heard on Voice America, he has contributed regularly to Huffington Post, and he is the author of the 2015 book on leadership, Crash Course. His new book, Solving Chemistry, was published in January 2019. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in the New Year Honours list 2017.
Now, the more formal stuff:
Education: BS in Chemistry (Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn), Ph.D. Physical Chemistry (Purdue University), NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Eidg. Techn. Hochschule, Zurich
Academic Posts: Professor, City University of New York; Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Polytechnic Inst. of NY; Honorary Professor, University of York; Professorial Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
Industry: Sohio and BP: Various roles including R and D Director, Sohio Oil; Head of Products Division, BP Oil; Chief Technology Officer, BP Oil; Director, Manufacturing Supply and Distribution; Vice President, Environmental Affairs; Chief Scientist of BP
Board Memberships as non-executive director: Optronics International; Spex Group, Inc.; AEA Technology plc; Chemrec AB; Reac AB; Zegen Corporation; Severn Trent Plc; Pursuit Dynamics plc, ATN International, ARQ Ltd.
Government Roles: US - Member, Board of Governors, Argonne National Lab; UK - Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board; DTI Energy Board; Sustainable Development Commission; Chair, Office of Renewable Energy