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Fritjof Capra

Physicist and Environmentalist


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Fritjof Capra is the author of six international bestsellers and a founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which advances schooling for sustainability. Dr. Capra is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of the University of California, Berkeley. 

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna, Fritjof did research in particle physics at the University of Paris, the University of California, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre, Imperial College, University of London, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California. He also taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Fritjof has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. His books on this subject have been acclaimed internationally, and he has lectured widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. 

His internationally acclaimed books include: “The Tao of Physics”, “The Turning Point”,    ”Uncommon Wisdom”, “The Web of Life” and “Science of Leonardo”. He co-authored “Green Politics”, “Belonging to the Universe” and “EcoManagement”. He co-edited “Steering Business towards Sustainability”. His latest book is "Learning from Leonardo" which was published in Italy and Brazil in 2012.

Fritjof has been the focus of over 50 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows around the world, and has been regularly featured in major newspapers and magazines internationally. He was the first subject of the BBC's documentary series "Beautiful Minds".


  • Science
  • Philosophy
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy


  • The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, 2014
  • Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius, 2013
  • The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism, 2010
  • The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance, 2008