Richard Mackey came to understand the way the Sun regulates our climate through the works of Rhodes Fairbridge. A desire to understand variations in the level of the ocean along the New South Wales Central Coast led him into Rhodes' extensive publications via the Fairbridge Eustatic Sea Level Curve.
Richard became deeply impressed with Rhodes' approach to the study of climate dynamics.
Rhodes Fairbridge emphasised that to understand the way the Sun regulates our climate, it is necessary to understand the totality of the Sun's effect on our planet, namely radiation (i.e. light); plasma; electromagnetic and gravitational fields and the interaction between the four processes.
Last year, Richard published an account of Rhodes' ideas in the Journal of Coast Research.
Richard proceeded to update Rhodes' account of the role of the Sun resulting in an address to the European Geosciences Union Assembly in Vienna on 16 April 2008. The presentation to the Lavoisier Society is based on that.
Richard is a senior commonwealth public servant having worked
in PM&C and the Dept of Finance
Cliff Ollier, DSc., is
Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Western
Australia. He was formerly at A.N.U., U.N.E., Canberra University,
University of Papua New Guinea, and University of Melbourne .
He has worked all over the world as a geologist, geomorphologist
and soil scientist. He is the author of about ten books, several
translated into foreign editions, and over 300 publications.
Ian Wilson was born in
Ipswich, QLD, in 1955. He graduated in physics from the UNE in
1977 and obtained his PhD in astronomy in 1982 from the ANU, having
worked at the Mt. Stromlo & Siding Spring Observatories.
He was subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, a Research Fellow at Harvard, Ass. Professor at the Universities of Toledo and Oklahoma, and Operations Astronomer at the Hubble Space Institute in Baltimore MD.
Since 1995 he has taught science and mathematics in Queensland and is now teaching in Toowoomba.