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Sexing Up Dr Pachauri’s Qualifications

Say, this is surely a minor point, but isn’t it worrying that IPCC Supremo Dr Rajendra Pachauri’s qualifications are not always unambiguously specified? And especially at his own “home”…

Take for example his resumé at the London Speaker Bureau, suggesting Dr Pachauri is that rare human, holding two PhDs

Dr. Pachauri began his career with Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, India, before attending North Carolina State University where he gained a clutch of qualifications including PhDs in Industrial Engineering and Economics

Of course, and instead, the NC State’s Alumni website correctly mentions a “joint PhD”

Dr. Pachauri obtained both his graduate degrees from NC State, including a master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1972 and a joint Ph.D. In industrial engineering and economics in 1974.

Same on Wikipedia

Pachauri was awarded an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 1972, as well as a joint Ph.D. In Industrial Engineering and Economics in 1974.

Move to TERI‘s instead, it’s two PhDs for “Dr Dr” Pachauri

Dr Pachauri joined the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in industrial engineering in 1972, a Ph.D. In industrial engineering and a Ph.D. In economics.

Same text at the IPCC, in line with the accepted exaggeration policy.

Here’s a take, BTW, on what it means to get two PhDs

Well, don’t take my word for it, as I’m hardly an expert, but i’ve never come across anything like that. I don’t think any university would be willing to award you two phds without you actually writing two theses (as well as registering and paying for two courses)

Somehow, I doubt that joint PhDs were invented to allow people’s qualifications to double overnight. But as usual I might be wrong on this, so perhaps we will get very soon yet another confirmation of Dr Pachauri’s genius.

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  1. geoffchambers
    2010/09/07 at 15:20

    voodoo journalism

  2. 2010/09/06 at 13:04

    Bravo. I’ve been meaning to take a closer look at Dr. Pachauri’s alleged credentials, myself.

    Thanks for clarifying some of the issues.

  3. John DeFayette
    2010/09/06 at 10:45

    Just like another famous man from history Dr. Pachauri is dividing precious resources for the hungry masses. Instead of fishes and loaves we have the multiplication of PhD’s. I’ll be lining up for mine, too.

    It’s all in character with the good doctor. As he made perfectly clear in his recent interview with The Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/I-am-happy-that-truth-has-come-out-Pachauri/articleshow/6482854.cms) he is patiently working through his life’s mission of equity for the hungry masses. The vehicle of the IPCC and its so-called science is nothing more than an efficient means for dividing up the resources of the sinners for the benefit of the poor. At least that’s how I interpret this latest message. Yes, I am happy to see finally that the IPCC’s director has finally let the truth out: the group’s next report will be a study in ethics rather than science.

    Clearly Dr. Pachauri is hoping for a second Nobel as well.

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