Tim Ball: Finding New Ways to Fudge His Credentials

Wed, 2006-10-11 10:08Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: Finding New Ways to Fudge His Credentials

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In a September 26, 2006 letter to the Royal Society, Dr. Tim Ball, the leading signatory, identifies himself as “Professor of Climatology, University of Winnipeg.”


Not quite. From 1988 until his retirement in 1996, Dr. Ball was a Professor of Geography at that university. He has not, since, had any official position at U of W or at any university. So, he is not now a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg and, arguably, never was.

It raises the question: if he is this cavalier about the factual accuracy of his own record of employment and credentials, how could he expect us to believe any of the rest of what he says?

Previous Comments

The letter shows Ball as a retired professor of Geography.
There’s an article in the Telegraph that refers to Ball as “a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada”
My research shows Professor Tim Ball was a geography professor from 1973 to 1996 teaching with a specialty in climatology. His article I read (written by himself) stated himself as former professor. Research your facts.
I hate to point this out, but the previous poster is right. The letter to the Royal Society is signed “Dr. Tim Ball Retired Professor of Geography (1971 -1996) University of Winnipeg”. Where did the information come from?
See this post for my response.

I visited your page and found that it wasn’t impressive response.
Best Regards
College Alumni

I have as well visited your page! To my great surprise I have found there some info that came to immensely contributive for my research paper. Thank you a lot!

Try looking harder. The older versions that they could not change are still there.

They changed

Dr. Tim Ball
Professor of Climatology
University of Winnipeg

to

Dr. Tim Ball
Retired Professor of Geography (1971 -1996)
University of Winnipeg

in one copy of the letter (NH Insider), in essence admitting that at least this part of my April, 06, letter to the Calgary Herald was correct. He still has the dates wrong, implying that he was a Professor of Geography when he obtained his BA in 1971, but he might mean that he was “at” the University of Winnipeg then, and perhaps working as an assistant teaching labs or marking.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY

September 26, 2006

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

1) The original version, post site 1.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/moyersonamerica/green/isanewsletter.pdf

ends

“Sincerely,
Dr. William Gray
Director, Tropical Meteorology Project
Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University

Dr. Tim Ball
Professor of Climatology
University of Winnipeg ”

and others

2) Site 2, posted by the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado at Boulder
http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/prometheus/archives/science_politics/000947bob_ward_comments_on.html

ends

“Sincerely,
Dr. William Gray
Director, Tropical Meteorology Project
Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University

Dr. Tim Ball
Professor of Climatology
University of Winnipeg ”

and others

3) Site 3 (and others exist)

The “NH Insider” republishes the George C. Marshall Institute’s letter

http://www.nhinsider.com/nhigb/2006/9/29/george-c-marshall-institute-letter-to-congress.html

The original that we saw in October ended with

“Sincerely,
Dr. Tim Ball
Professor of Climatology
University of Winnipeg

Dr. William Gray
Director, Tropical Meteorology Project
Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University ”

and others (slightly different order from the others; Ball was moved to first place)

It was changed on the NH Insider website some time in early 2007, and now ends with

“Sincerely,
Dr. Tim Ball
Retired Professor of Geography (1971 -1996)
University of Winnipeg

Dr. William Gray
Director, Tropical Meteorology Project
Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University ”

and others (slightly different order from the others; Ball was moved to first place)

I really am, and it is in geography, no less, where I happen to study climatology. How can I spin this for potential op-eds? There must be an equation for Dr. Ball’s rationale. I guess if I am writing for the right audience, I can just say whatever I want. But I was thinking that I maybe could count my four years of TA experience as “early professor work.” http://www.blogspan.org/

But I was thinking that I maybe could count my four years of TA experience as “early professor work.”
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He is identified at least twice in the video as a professor of climatology