Henry Bauer

Henry Bauer

Henry Bauer is Austrian by birth (1931), Australian by education (1939-56), and American (since 1969) by choice. His Austrian background is evident in his pronunciation of the consonants and slow tempo of speech; his childhood experience in Austria of the Nazi takeover in 1938 led to an unshakeable belief that human beings should be treated as individuals and not as members of groups. His Australian upbringing is discernible in his pronunciation of the vowels and in a relish for plain-speaking argument; his education in Australia led to an unshakeable wish that everyone should be able, as he did, to benefit from free public education focused on intellectual development.

Bauer taught chemistry and carried on research in electrochemistry for about 25 years, at the Universities of Sydney (Australia), Michigan, Southampton (England), and Kentucky. In the 1970s he turned to “science studies” (history, philosophy, and sociology of science), looking particularly into how to differentiate science from pseudo-science. He was a founding member of the Center for the Study of Science in Society at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, teaching in the undergraduate program in Humanities, Science & Technology and the graduate program in Science & Technology Studies. From 1978 until 1986 he served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. When political correctness arrived, he joined the National Association of Scholars, and founded and edited (1993--99) Virginia Scholar, newsletter of the Virginia Association of Scholars. Retired from teaching at the end of 1999, he became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Bauer’s studies and writings in recent years have focused on the takeover of science and medicine by bureaucracies, resulting in the creation of knowledge monopolies and research cartels and in the suppression of substantively valid though heterodox approaches--regarding Big-Bang cosmology, “cold fusion”, global warming, HIV/AIDS. His latest book, The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory(McFarland 2007), draws on official reports and data to demonstrate that almost everything that “everyone knows” about HIV/AIDS is plainly wrong.

Bauer’s earlier books include--as well as texts in electrochemistry and analytical chemistry-- Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies (2001/2004); Fatal Attractions: The Troubles with Science (2001); Scientific Literacy and the Myth of the Scientific Method (1992/1994/2005); To Rise Above Principle: The Memoirs of an Unreconstructed Dean (1988, as ‘Josef Martin’); The Enigma of Loch Ness: Making Sense of a Mystery (1986/1988; U.K. edition, 1991); Beyond Velikovsky: The History of a Public Controversy (1984/1999).