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Fred Singer : biography

September 27, 1924 –

Siegfried Fred Singer (born September 27, 1924) is an Austrian-born American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia., University of Virginia, accessed December 28, 2010. Singer trained as an atmospheric physicist and is known for his work in space research, atmospheric pollution, rocket and satellite technology, his questioning of the link between UV-B and melanoma rates, and that between CFCs and stratospheric ozone loss,Singer, S. Fred. , Science & Environmental Policy Project, July 1994, accessed May 18, 2010.

  • Singer, S. Fred. , Science & Environmental Policy Project, March 21, 1994, accessed May 18, 2010.
  • Singer, S. Fred. , Science & Environmental Policy Project, October 16, 2009, accessed May 18, 2010. his public denial of the health risks of passive smoking, and as an outspoken critic of the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming. He is the author or editor of several 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 has also co-authored Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (2007) with Dennis Avery, and Climate Change Reconsidered (2009) with Craig Idso.Scheuering, Rachel White, "S. Fred Singer," in , Greenwood Press, 2004, p.115-127

, Science & Environmental Policy Project, accessed May 13, 2010.

  • Zeller, Tom. , The New York Times, December 9, 2009; the NYT article calls him an "atmospheric physicist".

Singer has had a varied career, serving in the armed forces, government, and academia. He designed mines for the U.S. Navy during World War II, before obtaining his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1948 and working as a scientific liaison officer in the U.S. Embassy in London., Time magazine, February 21, 1969, p. 2. He became a leading figure in early space research, was involved in the development of earth observation satellites, and in 1962 established the National Weather Bureau’s Satellite Service Center. He was the founding dean of the University of Miami School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences in 1964, and held several government positions, including deputy assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, and chief scientist for the Department of Transportation. He held a professorship with the University of Virginia from 1971 until 1994, and with George Mason University until 2000. Levy, Lillian. Space, Its Impact on Man and Society. Ayer Publishing 1973, p. xiii for general background.

  • , Science and Environmental Policy Project, accessed May 13, 2010, for founding of SEPP.

Singer has been an advocate of the skeptical stance in the global warming controversy for a number of years. In 1990 he founded the Science & Environmental Policy Project to advocate this position,For an early article of Singer’s on this issue, see Singer, S. Fred. , The New York Times, November 16, 1989. and in 2006 was named by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of a minority of scientists said to be creating a stand-off on a consensus on climate change., The Fifth Estate, CBC, November 15, 2006, updated October 24, 2007. Dead link, 9/28/10.

  • Also see Revkin, Andrew. , The New York Times, March 8, 2009. Singer argues there is no evidence that global warming is attributable to human-caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, and that humanity would benefit if temperatures do rise.Gray, Louise. , The Daily Telegraph, November 18, 2009.

He is an opponent of the Kyoto Protocol, and has said of the climate models that scientists use to project future trends that "models are very nice, but they are not reality and they are not evidence." Tierney, John. , The New York Times, March 4, 2008.

  • Stevens, William K. , The New York Times, February 29, 2000.
  • See for Singer’s views on the Kyoto Protocol, esp. . Singer has been accused of rejecting peer-reviewed and independently confirmed scientific evidence in his claims concerning public health and environmental issues.