Fred Singer

American physicist

Siegfried Fred Singer (September 27, 1924 – April 6, 2020) was an Austrian-born American physicist and climate change denier. He was an emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia.[1]

S. Fred Singer
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2011 photograph
Born(1924-09-27)September 27, 1924
DiedApril 6, 2020(2020-04-06) (aged 95)
NationalityAustrian, American
EducationB.E.E electrical engineering (1943)
A.M. physics (1944)
Ph.D. physics (1948)
Alma materOhio State University, Princeton University
OrganizationProfessor emeritus of environmental science, University of Virginia
Founder and president, Science & Environmental Policy Project
Known forEarly space research; first director of the U.S. National Weather Satellite Service (1962–1964); involvement in global warming controversy
AwardsHonorary doctorate, University of Ohio, 1970; Special Commendation from President Eisenhower for the early design of satellites, 1954; Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Federal Service

Singer trained as an atmospheric physicist and was known for his criticism of scientific evidence between UV-B and melanoma rates[2] the health risks of smoking, and for supporting climate change denial.[3][4][5]

He was the author or editor of many books including Global Effects of Environmental Pollution (1970), The Ocean in Human Affairs (1989), Global Climate Change (1989), The Greenhouse Debate Continued (1992), and Hot Talk, Cold Science (1997).

He also co-authored Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (2007) with Dennis Avery, and Climate Change Reconsidered (2009) with Craig Idso.[6][7]

Singer died on April 6, 2020 at a nursing home in Rockville, Maryland at the age of 95.[8]


  1. "Retired faculty", University of Virginia, accessed December 28, 2010.
  2. Singer, S. Fred. "Ozone, Skin Cancer, and the SST" Archived 2007-02-11 at the Wayback Machine, Science & Environmental Policy Project, July 1994, accessed May 18, 2010. {{subst:void}}* Singer, S. Fred. "Five Scientific Questions On The CFC-Ozone Issue" Archived 2008-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, Science & Environmental Policy Project, October 16, 2009, accessed May 18, 2010.
  3. Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists. Bagley, Katherine. Inside Climate News, March 12, 2015
  4. Dunlap, R. E.; Jacques, P. J. (2013). "Climate Change Denial Books and Conservative Think Tanks: Exploring the Connection". The American Behavioral Scientist. 57 (6): 699–731. doi:10.1177/0002764213477096. PMC 3787818. PMID 24098056.
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  6. Scheuering, Rachel White, "S. Fred Singer," in Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation: A Biographical Dictionary, Greenwood Press, 2004, p.115-127
  7. "S. Fred Singer, Ph.D." Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-15.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), Science & Environmental Policy Project, accessed May 13, 2010.
  8. "Dr. S. Fred Singer, R.I.P." The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 7 April 2020.