Prominent NZ scientist Chris de Freitas dies

Dr. de Freitas was prominent in some of the early conflicts in the Climate Wars

Here are a couple relevant WUWT posts .

The tribalistic corruption of peer review – the Chris de Freitas incident

A response from Chris de Freitas

Prominent New Zealand scientist Associate Professor Chris de Freitas has died after a two-year struggle with cancer. Photo / File

NZ Herald

Prominent New Zealand scientist Associate Professor Chris de Freitas has died after a two-year struggle with cancer.

Born in 1948, the Trindad-born scientist held many major roles at the University of Auckland, including Deputy Dean of Science and four years as Pro Vice-Chancellor.

He also formerly served as vice-president of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand, vice-president of the International Society of Biometeorology, co-founder of the Australia New Zealand Climate Forum and editor of the international journal Climate Research.

The recently-retired environment researcher and lecturer was well known for his sceptical views on anthropogenic climate change – frequently arguing that the potential impacts of warming had been misunderstood, misinterpreted and distorted – which often made him a controversial and criticised figure within the science community.

He was credited with more than 200 publications in the areas of applied climatology, bioclimatology, meteorology, environmental change, microclimatology and general review commentaries, including two recent books, New Environmentalism: Managing New Zealand’s Environmental Diversity, and Natural Hazards in Australasia.

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28 thoughts on “Prominent NZ scientist Chris de Freitas dies

    • I met with Chris de Freitas several times on visits to U of A to talk with him about global warming / climate change. He was very generous with the time he gave me, and my visits were usually un-announced, so I just dropped by to see if he was there.
      I’m very saddened by his passing; he was one of the few voices of sanity, one finds around a typical University environment. He taught special courses on microclimate as I recall; basically what a cabbage or a carrot plant sees in its environment. Quite important if one likes to eat.

  1. Mods, I double checked spelling of family name before posting. I am curious as to why the “i” is missing. Please correct. For the family’s sake more than mine.

    • A portion of the trillions wasted on CAGW should go to R&D to fight this killer. Five in my extended family suffered and died from this horrible disease. My condolences to his family and his many friends.

  2. Older, well established, scientists don’t have to worry about their careers. I think that’s why the skeptical voices we hear are those of older scientists. They have the luxury of being honest.
    Medical research these days has become a sick joke. The pressure to come up with interesting results trumps everything. The result is overwhelmingly bad research and even outright fraud. Because lots of people are paying attention to medical research, and because so much money is involved, it is getting attention.
    Climate researchers face the same pressures as medical researchers. It is impossible that the quality of climate research is better. The only difference is that bad research that reaches the ‘right’ conclusion is rewarded.
    Today, we have one less voice speaking out against corrupted science. 🙁

  3. ‘Applied Climatology’
    In other words he had to be RIGHT in his thinking, otherwise, it could not be applied.
    He will be missed.

    • Think of potatoes and their climate needs. Potatoes don’t care if there’s a hot spot in the stratosphere or not.
      Chris thought a pot about the needs of potatoes and carrots.

  4. A familiar name in the annals of genuine science. Condolences to his family and his close colleagues.

  5. Not only a courageous and honest scientist of great skill, but successful in proving malfeasance of ‘gummint’ climate record keepers. Bless you Chris, and Thanks. It is left to us to finish the job you carried out so well against all odds. Brett Keane, NZ.

  6. Such a sad loss for his family, and the rest of us New Zealanders who had a real champion in our corner. Very much a slayer, a slayer of myths though. As said above with the passing of Bob Carter, and now Chris de Freitas, there is a big hole in our ranks in this part of the world. Their work however, can’t be denied and will endure.

    • Ian Cooper July 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm:
      Yes, we are losing too many of these brave men. Chris’ articles in the NZ press were a delight to read and an inspiration for us all.

  7. Chris de Freitas was a giant in the fight against the hoax that is claiming trillions of dollars across the world while promoting a falacy as truth. Our sympathy goes to his family, friends and the vast world wide “family” of like minded scientists and others who valued his integrity and knowledge.

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