Robert V. Lange attended the California Institute of Technology and received his doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Harvard University. After post-doctoral research at Oxford, Lange became a faculty member of Brandeis University where he is retired. He continues to teach in the Sustainable International Development Master’s Degree program of the Heller School.
In 1992, Robert founded the International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment,(ICSEE). It is a non-profit corporation that formed its initial programs by helping to establish women’s businesses and clean water resources in remote Zanzibar villages. Now the organization mainly focuses on improving the lives of the Maasai people through the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project. This project began in 2009, as a response to the health dangers of smoke inhalation caused by cooking with open fires in the home. This is a profound international health issue that affects millions. In response, the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project designs and installs clean-burning and efficient wood-burning stoves and solar panel-based electrical systems in the homes of the people. Helping the people organize to reach for a better life, the Project also enables the installation of settlement-wide solar panel-based micro-grid electrical systems. In addition, the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project applies core empowerment values to work with all projects, including new livestock practices in response to increasing drought, and water safety.