Robert Hargraves participates in the ThorCon design and project. He is an author of several articles and presentations about the importance of safe, clean, affordable electric power to the future of humanity. His book, THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal, highlights the importance of an energy source that will undersell plentiful coal, which is being burned in ever larger quantities as the developing world seeks prosperity. Dr Hargraves taught energy policy courses at OSHER@Dartmouth as he learned about molten salt reactors. Previously he managed information technology as vice-president of Boston Scientific and senior consultant at Arthur D Little. Hargraves taught mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth College where he founded a software company. He earned an AB in mathematics and physics from Dartmouth College and a PhD in physics from Brown University.