About Ian

Ian Palmer, Ph. D., author of Hiking toward Heaven: An uplifting story of hope on earth with hints of heaven

Ian Palmer lives near the mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has a PhD in physics from Adelaide University, Australia. By profession, he is a petroleum engineer, who consults all over the world. As a Christian, Ian has always been fascinated by the interface between faith and science. Of special interest to him are the powerful concepts of grace, forgiveness, and insights from God. In his local church, he has taught Sunday school classes on a wide range of inspirational but practical topics.

Ian’s six grandchildren are a source of joy when he plays tennis or basketball or goes skiing or hiking with them. His hobbies include hiking, dancing, tennis, eating out, and stimulating conversation. After a dinner of cheese enchiladas with green chiles, Ian can sometimes be found two-stepping in the local country-and-western dancehall.

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  2. As well as writing blogs, Ian can be found teaching the Foxtrot to willing dance partners. Waltzing, and Nightclub steppin too. A true gentlemen. Thank you for your patience Ian. Unfortunately, I sustained a painful but minor shoulder strain while dancing two weeks ago. I should be back to “the practice” on Friday. See you on the dance floor.

  3. Hi Ian, it’s been a long time. We are living in Idaho Falls, ID. Julie and I have lived here for 22 years. My phone No. is 208 523 7962 and cell 208 520 1121. It would be good to talk again. We are retired now, but keep busy. I will write more from my PC, as this tablet is more difficult. Don and Julie

    • Hi Don. Nice to hear from you. I was thinking about you just the other day actually. I have lived in ABQ for seven years now and I love it. I wrote a chapter about Ancho rapids in a new book I am working on. My email is Best regards.

  4. Dave Nawrocki |

    Greetings Ian! Very well done website and thanks for informing me about it. We appear to have a lot in common. And BTW If you are open to having some company next time you go dancing, I’d be happy to tag along with you. I’d like to get back into that again. Maybe we should invite Karen as well. What do you think? Best wishes.

    • Dave, thanks for your encouraging comment about the website. I like your dancing suggestion and will email you offline.

  5. Hi, Ian! It was a pleasure visiting with you yesterday at the Bath House in Jemez Springs. Thank you for leaving your card…your book sounds like something I would enjoy reading. You are definitely a charming guy!

    • Hi Rose Marie, we enjoyed the soak and the massage very much and hope to return some day. I definitely think you will enjoy the book….. it has some charming passages in it!

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  7. Charles Christopher |

    Hi Ian, it has been too long. I have retired 3 times and believe this one will stick. We live in Cedar Park, just North of Austin (and a thousand miles from its liberal philosophy). Between spending much time with our 6 grandchildren, I am pondering what I believe God wants me to do next. I know there is a huge, mostly wasted resource of retired people who have much to give and a strong desire to do so. So, I am looking for opportunities to facilitate that with a Christian slant.
    We were at a production last week where a huge black man with a singing voice like I would imagine God would sound was singing. He said something I think you and your readers would enjoy:
    I am nobody
    Who wants to tell everybody
    About Somebody
    Who can save anybody

    All the best.

    • Hi Charles, it has been a long time! Re your thought about “opportunities with a Christian slant”, I gave a talk this morning to a junior college here in Albuquerque on Fracking. I used lots of demos to keep the students engaged and it went well. I really enjoyed it, and am going to look for more opportunities like this. Thanks for getting in touch.

  8. George pariza |

    Ian, very nice website. How are you doing, I’m going to miss the nm hikes. Just in case you missed my number when I sent it it is 630 309 5646. I’m planning on visiting ABQ and hope to see you.


  9. Ian from the Gammon Ranges to New Mexico I have remained interested in your thoughts. I too write on matters that interested us both long ago but from a different perspective.

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