Neil Cherry updates Electromagnetic Health Threat articles
Dorothy - 08/11/02
In November 2001 Dr Neil Cherry, known around the world for his research
into the health threat from electromagnetic radiation, received the news
that he had been awarded the honour - Officer of the New Zealand Order of
Merit (ONZM) for his work as a scientist, an educator, and in the
community. Neil and his wife Gae were very excited at this news.
Dr Neil Cherry
Official Citation at the Governor General's Government House in
Wellington, 16th August 2002
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (O.N.Z.M.)
Dr Neil CHERRY, of Christchurch
For services to science, education and the community. Dr Cherry, has made
an outstanding contribution to meteorology for over 30 years. His research
has included areas in Agricultural Meteorology, Meteorology, Human
Biometeorology, Environmental Epidemiology, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and
Climate Change and Electromagnetic Radiation Health Effects. Dr Cherry has
been involved in the Greens Effects Trust, Environmental Protection for
Children Trust and is a past Company Director of the PlaNet Community
Environment Canterbury gave him the first "outstanding contribution"
awarded cited as:
Councillor Associate Professor Neil Cherry ONZM in the recognition of
outstanding service to environmental science, local government and the
The Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand gave him the inaugural
New Zealand Clean Air Achievement Award for his services in the science of
air pollution and his community:
This is to certify that Neil Cherry has been recognised for making a
significant contribution to achieving improvements in the quality of the
air and environment. Presented at the clean air conference in August 2002
Diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease
The Cherrys' joy was to be short-lived. Neil was having problems with the
muscles in his foot and was given a number of tests to confirm the cause.
The resulting diagnosis was that the symptoms showed the onset of motor
Now, a year later, Neil is confined to a wheelchair and has only very
limited movement in his arms and hands. Using voice operated software
supported by some key strokes with one finger on his right hand he has
spent hours ensuring that the results of his research will not be lost.
He has updated the articles in NZine about the health threats from
electromagnetic radiation and the dangers of excessive use of the present
design of cellphones.
He has set up his own website
to ensure that the results of his research and the evidence he has
presented as an expert witness in court cases around the world will be
available worldwide through the Internet.
He continues to work as an educator in his position as Associate Professor
of Environmental Health at Lincoln University, and as a local body
politician on Environment Canterbury (The Canterbury Regional Council).
He is emphasising the danger to everyone from the silent and invisible
threat of electromagnetic radiation and ardently promoting measures to make
Canterbury a more healthy area in which to live.
In a moving television programme on November 3, 2002, on Television New
Zealand's Channel 1 he spoke openly about his increasing mobility problems,
his determination to work as long as possible, and his rejection of
life-prolonging treatment if he were to become what he described as "only a
The updated articles will be published in issues of NZine before the end of
Strong international concern about the dangers
of Electromagnetic Radiation
Published with permission from NZine