About the Prize


The Carnot Prize is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice.


Naming the Prize

The Carnot Prize is named in memory of French scientist Sadi Carnot, who in 1824 published “Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire,” which became the basis for the second law of thermodynamics. Carnot recognized that the power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development. The Carnot Prize is intended to honor those who have revolutionized our understanding of energy policy.

Cheryl LaFleur

Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Cheryl LaFleur is the former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She was the 2019 recipient of the Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.

Piyush Goyal

Minister of Railways and Coal, Government of India
Piyush Goyal is a member of India’s upper house of parliament and serves as the minister of railways and coal. He was the 2018 recipient of the Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.

Gina McCarthy

Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Gina McCarthy is the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was the recipient of the 2017 Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.

Fatih Birol

Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Fatih Birol is the executive director of the International Energy Agency. He was the recipient of the 2016 Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.

Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman, IHS Markit
Daniel Yergin is the Vice Chairman of IHS Markit. He was the recipient of the 2015 Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy.