| Willie Soon
|Willie Soon, is both an astrophysicist and a geoscientist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Dr. Soon is the receiving editor in the area of solar and stellar physics for New Astronomy. He is also the chief science adviser of the Science and Public Policy Institute (based in Washington DC).
He writes and lectures both professionally and publicly on important issues related to the Sun, other stars, the Earth as well as general science topics in astronomy and physics. He is the author of "The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection" (http://www.worldscibooks.com/physics/5199.html) published March 2004. He also co-authored (with P. N. Okeke) the textbook "Introduction to Astronomy" that is used (now taught at the University of Nigeria) for students with little or no access to telescopes.
Dr. Soon's honors include an 1989 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholastic Awards and a Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award from the University of Southern California for "the most representative Ph.D. research thesis" of 1991. In 2003, he was invited to testify in the United States Senate and was later recognized, with a monetary award, for "detailed scholarship on biogeological and climatic change over the past 1000 years" by the Smithsonian Institution. In June 2004, he was presented with the Petr Beckmann award of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for "courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom."
All views expressed are strictly of his own and do not reflect those of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.