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Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, MSc PhD

Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, Scientific Advisor to ES UK

Andrew Goldsworthy is an Honorary Lecturer in Biology at Imperial College London. He retired from full time teaching in 2004 but still gives occasional lectures there in specialist subjects such as food irradiation and the (exorbitant) energy cost of modern food production.

He was born just before the Second World War and, after a grammar school education in Wales, obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Botany, followed by a PhD at the University College of Swansea. He then took a lecturing post at Imperial College London where, apart from a short secondment to work in agricultural research and a sabbatical in the USA, he has been ever since.

At Imperial, he acquired a reputation among students for explaining complex subjects in simple terms, for 'out of the box' thinking, and for spicing his courses with unusual lectures such as those on space biology and the scientific basis of acupuncture.

His research and teaching, extend from the physiology and biochemistry of photosynthesis and photorespiration through the biological effects of electromagnetically treated water to the electrophysiology of plants. He also designed an experiment for the Anglo-Russian 'Juno' space mission and is now a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Group for the European Space Agency.

As well as 'regular' scientific papers, mainly on plant electrophysiology, he has written several popular science feature articles for the New Scientist on such diverse subjects as 'Why Trees are Green' and 'The Cell Electric' (on the evolution of plant and animal action potentials and the origin of the nervous system).

His interest in the biological effects of electromagnetic fields dates back over 30 years but has only recently come to fruition with the publication of a new theory that explains many of their seemingly weird effects in simple physico-chemical terms. It was first published (mainly in relation to plants) in Plant Electrophysiology - Theory and Methods, Ed AG Volkov (Springer 2006). This was followed by an Internet publication in 2007 (which can be viewed on this site) entitled 'The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields', which deals with their effects on humans and animals and, in particular, the dangers from mobile phones.

The article also includes a section that draws attention to the remarkable similarity between the symptoms of electrosensitivity and those of hypocalcemia (low blood calcium). This is interpreted as being due to both electromagnetic fields and low blood calcium removing structural calcium from cell membranes to produce similar physiological effects. It is argued that electrosensitive individuals may already have a slightly low level of calcium in their bloodstream so that electromagnetic exposure 'pushes them over the edge' and they develop hypocalcemia symptoms. If this is correct, it raises the possibility that conventional treatments for hypocalcemia may remove some if not all of the symptoms of electrosensitivity.

[Andrew Goldsworthy's page at Imperial College]

Papers and further reading on the ES-UK website

- Why mobile phone masts can be more dangerous than the phones
- Non-thermal bioelectromagnetic effects explained
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) - What you need to know about low energy lighting
  » The UK HPA have also expressed caution about compact fluorescent lighting
- The Dangers of Electromagnetic Smog, August 2007
- Some Facts about Cell Phone Radiation by Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, July 2009
- Wifi in Schools, by Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, November 2011
- The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, April 2012
- Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Glands and its Relationship with Diabetes, May 2012

Dr. Goldsworthy also featured in an excellent interview with MCS America, the transcript of which is available here, and is well worth the read.

Selected papers

  • The dangers of electrosmog, Andrew Goldsworthy, 2007
  • The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, Andrew Goldsworthy, 2007
  • Goldsworthy A, 2006. 'Effects of electrical and electromagnetic fields on plants and related topics'. In Plant Electrophysiology Theory and Methods. Ed. Volkov A G (Springer, Berlin, Hiedelberg, New York).
  • Goldsworthy A, Whitney H, Morris E, 1999. 'Biological effects of physically conditioned water'. Water Research. 33, 1618-1626.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1996. 'Electrostimulation of cells by weak electric currents'. In Electrical Manipulation of Cells. Eds. Lynch, P., Davey, M.R. (Chapman and Hall, New York).
  • Goldsworthy A, 1995. 'Photorespiration'. In Production and Improvement of Crops for Drylands. Ed. Gupta, U.S. (Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi).
  • Mina M G, Goldsworthy A, 1992. 'Electrical polarization of tobacco cells by Ca2+ ion channels'. J. Exptl. Bot. 43, 449-454.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1991. 'The Phycobilins'. In Photoreceptor Evolution and Function, ed. Holmes, M.G. (Acad. Press, London).
  • Mina M G, Goldsworthy A, 1991. Changes in the electrical polarity of tobacco cells following the application of weak external currents. Planta 186, 104-108.
  • Goldsworthy A, Mina M G, 1991. Electrical patterns of tobacco cells tobacco cells in media containing indole-3-acetic acid or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Planta 183, 368-373.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1988. 'Growth control in plant tissue cultures'. In Advances in Biotechnological Processes, Volume 9. Ed. Mizrahi A (Alan R Liss, New York).
  • Goldsworthy A, 1987. Why trees are green. New Scientist 116 (1590), 48-52.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1987. Why did nature select green plants? Nature 328, 207-208.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1987. 'Electrical control of growth in plant tissue cultures'. In Plant and Animal Cells: Process Possibilities. Eds. Webb, C. and Mavituna, F. (Ellis Horlwood, Chichester 1987).
  • Goldsworthy A, 1986. The electric compass of plants. New Scientist 109 (1489), 22-23.
  • Goldsworthy A, Rathore K S, 1985. Electrical control of shoot regeneration in plant tissue cultures. Bio/Technology 3, 1107-1109.
  • Rathore K S, Goldsworthy A, 1985. Electrical control of growth in plant tissue cultures. Bio/Technology 3, 253-254.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1984. The cell electric. New Scientist 102 (1407), 14-15.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1983. The evolution of plant action potentials. J. Theor. Biol. 103, 645-648.
  • Goldsworthy A, Fielding J L, Dover M B J, 1982. 'Flash Imbibition' a method for the re-invigoration of aged wheat seed. Seed Sci. & Technol. 10, 55-65.
  • Goldsworthy A, 1978. An instrument for measuring crop density by light absorbance. Ann. Bot. 42, 1315-1325.
  • Goldsworthy A, Gates R, Ridgley D L, 1977. An electronic coleoptile measuring device. J. Exptl. Bot. 28, 744-750

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