On Saturday, December 5 2009, Astrophysicist Willie Soon, Ph.D. spoke to nearly 150 students and parents attending a homeschool debate program at FEE HQ in Irvington, NY.
Soon is an astrophysicist and a geoscientist interested in all aspects of the science. 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” ) published March 2004. Dr. Soon’s honors include a 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 an 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 by Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for “courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom.”