Stephen J. Pyne was named a MacArthur fellow in 1988. An ASU Regents’ Professor in the School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pyne has written more than 20 books on the history and management of wild land and rural fire, including big-screen surveys for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe (including Russia). His most recent work is a multivolume fire history of the United States since 1960. He brings historical scholarship to the subject of humanity’s interaction with fire. He came to ASU from the University of Iowa in 1986. He received his BA from Stanford University, his MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1995 he received the Robert Kirsch Award, Los Angeles Times, for "a living author whose residence or focus has been in the West and whose career contributions merit body-of-work recognition."
Watch Professor Steve Pyne's TED talk | How fire shapes everything.