Millikan received the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923, for his determination of two universal constants of nature, the elementary electrical charge q on a single electron from his oil drop experiments, and the Planck constant h from his photoelectric measurements. However, it has not been generally appreciated that Millikan did not use statistical methods to determine either q or h, not even linear regression analysis to determine the slope of his (x, y) graph for lithium and sodium, to determine Planck constant.
Millikan’s methods are now applied to the global average temperature data (from the NASA GISS observations) for the 21st century to show that, unlike the application of statistical methods, the data for just the years 2001-2013 also reveals unmistakable evidence of a general warming of the globe, at nearly the same fixed rate as was observed during the entire period from 1880-2013. Hence, attention of all climate scientists must be called to this important finding, within the context of the current debate on the reasons for the perceived stalling of global warming trends. Misinterpretation of the temperature data will obviously lead to misleading analysis via sophisticated computer climate models and the analysis presented here merits the attention of climate scientists on both, or all, sides of this debate.