Martin Green is an Australian physicist who is working to deliver solar cells with greatly improved efficiencies. His studies concerning the fundamental limits that underlie the operation of silicon solar cells have helped to bring about a record-breaking improvement in cell performance, with an increase in output of 50 per cent over that attained at the beginning of his research.
Amongst his achievements are the demonstration of the potential of third-generation photovoltaics, the general promotion of solar cell technology and the commercialisation of several different cell technologies. He is also the author of a number of popular textbooks.
Martin has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Pawsey Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 1981, the Australia Prize for energy science and technology in 1999 and the Right Livelihood Award in 2002. In 2012, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.