William Shurcliff (March 27, 1909 - June 20, 2006) was a physicist and Harvard Professor who was a central participant in the Manhattan Project. In the 1940s, he worked for Polaroid Corporation, where "he worked extensively in optics, held more than 20 patents and refined the automatic-focus slide projector."
Areas of interest
Opposition to supersonic passenger planes
Passive solar building design
He opposed the Strategic Defense Initiative.
- 1966: Polarized Light: Production and Use, Harvard University Press.
- 1970: SST and Sonic Boom Handbook, Ballantine Books.
- 1978: Solar Heated Buildings of North America: 120 Outstanding Examples, Brick House Publishing.
- 1979: New Inventions in Low Cost Solar Heating: 100 Daring Schemes Tried and Untried, Brick House Publishing.
- 1981: Super Insulated Houses and Double Envelope Houses: A Survey of Principles and Practice, Brick House Publishing.
- Bernstein, Adam (June 28, 2006). "Physicist William Shurcliff; Advocated for Public Interest". Washington Post.
- Wald, Matthew L. (June 28, 2006). "William A. Shurcliff, Who Helped Develop Atomic Bomb, Dies at 97". New York Times.
- Denzer, Anthony (2013). The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design. Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0847840052.
- "Shurcliff letter to National Academy of Sciences opposing the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)". March 15, 1986.
- "William Shurcliff Resources". solarhousehistory.com.