Gordon J. Fulks
Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D. is president of Gordon Fulks and Associates. He is also a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute.
Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D. is a physicist known for his Op-Eds in The Oregonian on Global Warming. One of them, titled “Global Warming: Climate Orthodoxy Perpetuates a Hoax,” criticized former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski for forcing State Climatologist George Taylor out of his position at Oregon State University because he expressed doubts about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).
Dr. Fulks’s background is similar to that of scientists promoting AGW with notable exceptions: he has never accepted ANY money to promote or oppose any theory because that is unethical, and he is considerably more experienced than most who have.
He received a BS in Physics in 1967 and went on to get an MS and Ph.D. in Physics, all from the University of Chicago. He worked initially for the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago studying the solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays, using a large charged-particle spectrometer flown in the Arctic. One crucial question at the time was the size of the heliosphere filled by the solar wind blowing from the surface of the sun. The prevailing view was that it was relatively small. In a paper published in 1975, Dr. Fulks argued that it had to be huge, stretching beyond our solar system. Twenty years later, two NASA spacecraft finally reached interstellar space, 8 billion miles from the sun and far beyond Pluto.
Dr. Fulks later worked for a think-tank in Santa Barbara, California, supporting the US Defense Nuclear Agency on nuclear weapon effects. When that agency faded away at the end of the Cold War, he supported the Department of State designing new embassies and working at the US Embassy in Moscow. More recently, he has consulted for business and government clients seeking to better understand electromagnetic phenomena, related scientific scares, and the concept of ‘acceptable risk.’
Dr. Fulks is an avid mountaineer, caver, orchid collector, and tree farmer. He has climbed most major peaks in the Cascades and High Sierras and several major world peaks. He has also explored many caves, including the deepest cave pits in the world, located in central Mexico. He has an extensive orchid collection and grows many trees including 360 Giant Sequoias (which are the largest of all living things and were once native to the Pacific Northwest). His property east of the Sandy River near Corbett is maintained for wildlife including Pileated Woodpeckers, the largest surviving North American woodpecker.