Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon
Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon is a solar astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He received his Ph.D. (with distinction) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Southern California. He has been an Astronomer at the Mount Wilson Observatory, a Senior Scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute, Chief Science Adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute, and an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Putra, Malaysia.
In 2013, theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson wrote in The Boston Globe: "The whole point of science is to question accepted dogmas. For that reason, I respect Willie Soon as a good scientist and a courageous citizen."
Soon is the author of the books, The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection (with Steven Yaskell) and Global Warming: A Guide to the Science (with Sallie Baliunas and Arthur Robinson)
He received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholastic Award in 1989, the Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award from the University of Southern California in 1991, and the Courage in Defense of Science Award from the The George C. Marshall Institute in 2014.