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Jay Lehr

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is science director of The Heartland Institute.

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Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is the science director at The Heartland Institute.

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is the science director at The Heartland Institute, an independent nonprofit organization based in Chicago. He is an internationally renowned speaker, scientist, and author who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government, as well as many foreign countries.

Lehr is a leading authority on groundwater hydrology. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he went on to receive the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Lehr is the author of more than 1,000 magazine and journal articles and 36 books. He is editor of Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns, McGraw-Hill’s Handbook on Environmental Science, Health and Technology (2000); Wiley’s Remediation Technologies Handbook (2004); the Environmental Instrumentation and Analysis Handbook (2005), the six-volume Water Encyclopedia (Wiley Interscience, 2005); and Wiley Interscience's Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia: Science, Technology, and Applications (2011).

Lehr has spoken in front of thousands of audiences on topics ranging from global warming and biotechnology to business management and health and physical fitness. He invariably receives the highest scores for entertaining and energizing even the largest audiences.

He was featured in Parachute Magazine in March 2010 for setting a new world record, having jumped from an airplane each and every month for 32 years.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 8, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Review of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve, by Lenora Chu (Harper, 2017), 368 pp.; $17.26 on ISBN-10: 0062367854, ISBN-13: 978-0062367853
December 6, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande, Tom Sheahen, James H. Rust, Greg E. Walcher
“The drive to take U.S. lands out of the hands of the American people has continued at breakneck speed for more than four decades” - Jay Lehr
December 4, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Review of Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jerry Kaplan (Oxford University Press, 2016), 192 pages, ISBN-13 978-0190602390, $14.28 on (pb).
November 17, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Review of Critics of State Education: A Reader, by Aaron Ross Powell (writer), George H. Smith (editor), and Marilyn Moore (editor), Press, October 10, 2017, 250 pp.; $12.92 on ISBN-10: 1944424423, ISBN-13: 978-1944424428
July 15, 2014
By Jay Lehr
The national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies.
January 29, 2014
By Jay Lehr
Dr. Jay Lehr, science director of The Heartland Institute and one of the authors of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, delivered the testimony below to the Washington State Senate in January, 2014.
January 4, 2013
By Jay Lehr
A new report written by one of the nation’s leading authorities on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy says uranium mining in Virginia can take place safely and with minimal environmental impact.
July 12, 2011
By Jay Lehr
Review of Radiation Hormesis and the Linear-No-Threshold Assumption, by Charles L. Sanders (Springer-Verlag, 2009), 217 pages, ISBN-13: 9783642037191Charles Sanders has written one of the finest scientific research publications I have ever read.

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