Robert C. Balling, Jr.
Patrick J. Michaels
Dr. Willie H. Soon
Sylvan H. Wittwer
David E. Wojick
Sallie Baliunas, PhD, is Senior Staff Physicist at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is Deputy Director of Mount Wilson
Observatory. Dr. Baliunas serves as Senior Scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute
in Washington, D.C., and chairs the Institutes Science Advisory Board.
Dr. Baliunas is also an Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University and
contributing editor to World Climate Report. Her awards include the
Newton-Lacy-Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Petr [sic] Beckmann
Award for Scientific Freedom and the Bok Prize from Harvard University. She has written
over 200 scientific research articles.
In 1991, Discover magazine profiled her as one of Americas outstanding
women scientists. She is technical consultant for a science-fiction television series, Gene
Roddenberrys Earth: Final Conflict.
Dr. Baliunas received her MA and PhD degrees in Astrophysics from Harvard University.
Robert C. Balling, Jr., PhD, is the Director of the Laboratory
of Climatology at Arizona State University.
Dr. Balling is also the author of The Heated Debate (Pacific Research Institute
for Public Policy, 1992), a book looking at the issue of global climate change.
Dr. Balling is one of the world's most prolific contributors to the scientific
literature on global warming. He has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and
has lectured worldwide on climate change. He contributes a biweekly article to World
He received his AB degree at Wittenberg University in 1974, his MA from Bowling Green
State University in 1975 and his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1979.
Patrick J. Michaels, PhD, is a Professor of Environmental
Sciences at University of Virginia and is Virginia State Climatologist.
Dr. Michaels has been President of the American Association of State Climatologists and
Program Chair of the Applied Climatology Committee of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Michaels has published over 250 popular and scientific articles on climate and its
impact on society, including a book, Sound and Fury: The Science and Politics of Global
Warming (Cato Books, 1992). He is the Chief Editor of World Climate Report. The
magazine Nature has called Dr. Michaels one of the United States' most popular
speakers on global warming.
He received his BA and MS degrees from the University of Chicago and a PhD in
Ecological Climatology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.
Dr. Willie H. Soon is a research scientist at
the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His areas of research include terrestrial
climate modeling, atomic and molecular inelastic interactions, detection of extra-solar
planetary systems, long-term brightness variation of the Sun, magnetic variability in the
Sun and Solar-type stars, and work with adaptive optics for the 100-inch telescope at
Mount Wilson Observatory.
Dr. Soon's Ph.D. (1991) in aerospace engineering is from the University of Southern
California. Both his undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees are also from USC. He is
a visiting scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute and an astronomer at Mount Wilson
Dr. Soon is the author or co-author of 27 papers in the refereed scientific literature
and a contributor to several books and magazines. He is a contributing editor to World
Climate Report and member of the American Astrophysical Society, American Geophysical
Union, and International Astronomical Union.
Sylvan H. Wittwer, PhD, is Director Emeritus of the
Agricultural Experiment Station at Michigan State University and Professor Emeritus of
Horticulture. Dr. Wittwer also conducted the original studies on atmospheric CO2
enhancement of the production of food crops.
Chairman of the Board on Agriculture of the National Research Council from 1973 to
1977, Dr. Wittwer has served as a consultant for all International Agricultural Research
Centers, all U.S. federal agencies relating to agriculture and environment, the United
Nations Development Program and the World Bank.
Dr. Wittwer is also the author of more than 750 peer-reviewed studies as well as the
book Food, Climate, and Carbon Dioxide (CRC Press, 1995).