Dr. Marvin C. Ziskin, emeritus professor of medical physics at the Temple University School of Medicine, agreed. Dr. Ziskin studied for decades whether could trigger such high frequencies disease . Many experiments, he said, support the safety of high frequency waves.
Despite the friendly judgment of the medical establishment, Drs. Curry's flawed reports were aggravated by alarming websites encouraging articles that linked mobile phones with the brain to cancer and served as evidence in litigation calling for the removal of wireless classroom technology. With time echoes of his reports fed Russian news sites that had caused false information about 5G technology. What began as a simple diagram became a case study of how bad science can take root and thrive.
A Major Error
Dr. Curry was not the first to advocate that advances in wireless technology could pose unforeseen risks. In 1978, Paul Brodeur, an investigative journalist, published "The Zapping of America," based on suggestive but often ambiguous evidence, to argue that increasing use of high frequencies could endanger human health.
In contrast, Dr. Curry's voice prevailed. In the 1990s he became a private adviser after the cut in the federal budget ended his research career. He has degrees in physics (1959 and 1965) and electrical engineering (1990). His references and decades of experience in federal and industrial laboratories including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, seemed to make him a very strong candidate for conducting the Broward study.
"He was a very smart guy," recalled Gary Brown, an expert in the district's technology unit, who was in charge of Dr. Ing. Curry had worked together to produce the reports. But Dr. Curry lacked biological expertise. He was able to solve atomic and electromagnetic puzzles effortlessly, but had no or little training in the intricacies of biomedical research.
In the year 2000, Dr. Curry the Broward on a letterhead from his office in the suburbs of Chicago district two reports, the first in February 2000 and the second in September of the year. The latter study went to the Superintendent, the School Board, and the District Head of Security and Risk Management.