Last updated on: 7/13/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernard Leikind, PhD Biography

Title:
Independent physicist
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“Fears that cell phones cause cancer are groundless. There is not a shred of evidence that the electromagnetic radiation from your cell phones causes harm, much less that from the wiring in the walls of your house, your hair dryer, electric blanket, or the power distribution wires nearby.

We know exactly what happens to energy from any of these sources when it meets the atoms and molecules in your body, and that energy cannot cause cancer. There is no known way that this energy can cause any cancer, nor is there any unknown way that this energy can cause any cancer…

We can all be confident that any epidemiological study that purports to show that cell phone radiation causes any cancer must have at least one mistake.”

“Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?,” Skeptic Magazine, June 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of cell phones. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of cell phones.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Independent physicist
  • Trainer and Consultant, Scantron, 2006-2008
  • Project Manager, Peladon Software (Computer Software industry), 2005-2006
  • Project Manager, Mitek Systems, Inc.(Computer Software industry), 2000-2005
  • Former Senior Editor, Skeptic Magazine
  • Former Consultant, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
  • Former researcher, University of Maryland, UCLA, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and General Atomics
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, University of Maryland College Park, 1979
  • BS, Engineering, Cornell University, 1969
Other:
  • Has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, and the Bill Nye the Science Guy show.
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?