What is the APS?
The American Physical Society is the second largest professional association of physicists in the world, comprising more than 47,000 members. (The largest is a professional physics society in Germany.)
Who is Hal Lewis?
A physicist with a long, distinguished career of service to the physics profession and to the country, Hal Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara; former member Defense Science Board; Chairman DSB Study on Nuclear Winter; Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards former member; President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee former member; Chairman APS Study on Nuclear Reactor Safety, Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; USAF Scientific Advisory Board former member; author of two books; US Navy veteran; and now former Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Aside from those lofty credentials, you can see Hal Lewis is an important person with a record of service to science and to the country.
What happened and why should we care?
Professor Lewis resigned from the APS because of its stand on global warming and its suppression of informed debate on the science.
An honorable Fellow resigns over squashed science inquiry
Read Professor Lewis’s letter of resignation to the APS here. While his scientifically formed views on global warming markedly differed from APS, the major reason was that he could no longer tolerate the undermining of legitimate science inquiry going on at the APS.
Professor Lewis detailed five points of contention regarding the APS’s alignment on the so-called “consensus” around global warming. What consensus? The debate isn’t over; it’s only beginning. So said hundreds of APS members, signers of a petition that questioned APS’s conclusive positions on global warming.
Professor Lewis pointed out that despite revelations of data cooking, conspiracy to withhold information requested under the Freedom of Information Act, and conspiracy to prevent opposing research from being published, the APS continued to defend the advocates of global warming using secret committees and other shady tactics.
Follow the money
Lewis charges that money is driving all this. The APS leadership understands that substantial funds from government and other sources would evaporate the instant the global-warming bubble bursts. Why would the APS voluntarily remove itself from the alarmist money cycle?
A significant loss for the APS
Well, there you pretty much have it. In essence, a once prestigious physics society has lost one of its most prestigious Fellows. Others will follow. Perhaps the APS lost its prestige long before Hal Lewis resigned.
Once named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, one is a Fellow for life in the American Physical Society. So, even though Hal Lewis resigned from the APS, he’s still a Fellow, and a fine one at that!