While obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Larry Vardiman served as a research assistant at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science (1970-74) and as a consulting meteorologist at Western Scientific Services (1973-74). After receiving his degree in Atmospheric Science, he worked as site director for a cloud seeding research program for the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, Colorado (1974-82). He also served as a consultant to the Colorado Governor’s Advisory Panel on Weather Modification.
Larry Vardiman was an officer in the United States Air Force with the Air Weather Service in the Aerospace Modification Division at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Before coming to the Institute for Creation Research, he taught at Christian Heritage College as a Professor of Natural Sciences from 1982 to 1989, serving as Academic Dean from 1987 to 1989. From 1989 to 2009, he was Chairman of the Astro/Geophysics Department at the ICR Graduate School, also serving two years as Chief Operating Officer.
Larry Vardiman and the RATE Project
Larry.Vardiman is best known as the director of the Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth (RATE) research project at ICR RATE began after Snelling et al. (1993) observed a striking non-coordination between radiometric dates in the same location, and Austin et al. (1996) demonstrated a fatal discrepancy between apparent and real ages of a recent lava flow. The RATE Group observes that all radiometric dating schemes depend on three key assumptions:
- The initial concentrations of mother and daughter nuclide are always known or safe to assume.
- Nothing except radioactive decay changes the relative proportions of the nuclides as a given specimen ages.
- Radioactive decay rates remain constant, or at least their annual averages remain constant, over time.
RATE’s conclusion: none of these assumptions is safe.
Larry Vardiman has authored many technical papers and books. Much of his scientific contributions have been in the areas of ice crystal growth and evolution, rain from “the windows of heaven” (Genesis 7:11), the age of the earth’s atmosphere, the Ice Age and the Genesis Flood, and catastrophic hurricane formation. His most recent research focused on the Ice Age in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, and giant typhoons in the Middle East.
Dr. Vardiman retired from the Institute for Creation Research in June 2012.
Authored books by Larry Vardiman:
- Climates Before and After the Genesis Flood
- Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, vol. 1: A Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative
- Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, vol. 2: Results of a Young-Earth Creationist Research Initiative
The Creation Science Hall of Fame drew most of this material from the Institute for Creation Research (see Larry Vardiman’s biography page), to which we added the results of our own research.