Cherry specialised most recently in the effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health, following his earlier work in meteorology and wind energy. He was also a Councillor on the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury), and was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 New Year Honours for service to science, education and the community. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001 and became increasingly immobile until his death in 2003.
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