IP: Award-Winning Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Fred Singer Dies – Pioneering Scientist & The Dean of Climate Skeptical Scientists

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Climate Change 101: Interview with S. Fred Singer

Marc Morano’s personal note: “I have known Fred Singer for almost two decades. He was as kind as he was brilliant. He had an encyclopedic acknowledge of people, facts, institutions, and science. I was honored to be his friend and attend Fred’s 95th birthday in the fall of 2019. In 2018, Craig Rucker and I presented Fred CFACT’s 2018  ‘DAUNTLESS Purveyor of Climate Truth’ Lifetime Achievement Award. I traveled with Fred to the UN Paris climate summit in 2015 and we met up at many international destinations to fight the UN’s corruption of climate science.  My condolences to Fred’s family and my condolences the world of science. You lost a great one. Rest in Peace Fred, you earned it. Cheers to an honorable man of science and a life well-lived. You will be missed Fred.”

By: Marc MoranoClimate DepotApril 7, 2020 8:35 AM

RIP Dr. S. Fred Singer – 1924-2020


Pioneering atmospheric physicist Dr. S. Fred Singer died on April 6, 2020. Singer was giant of a man, a renowned pioneering scientist, a prominent climate skeptic and perhaps the most influential skeptical scientist in the climate debate since the 1980s. Singer was a UN IPCC expert reviewer and repeatedly criticized the IPCC for its scientific methods and claims. Dr. Singer published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and In 1997, NASA presented Dr. Singer with a commendation and cash award “for important contributions to space research.”

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‘The best empirical data we have show very little influence on global temperatures from rising CO2 levels.’

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Climate Change 101: Interview with S. Fred Singer

Marc Morano’s personal note: “I have known Fred Singer for almost two decades. He was as kind as he was brilliant. He had an encyclopedic acknowledge of people, facts, institutions, and science. I was honored to be his friend and attend Fred’s 95th birthday in the fall of 2019. In 2018, Craig Rucker and I presented Fred CFACT’s 2018  ‘DAUNTLESS Purveyor of Climate Truth’ Lifetime Achievement Award. I traveled with Fred to the UN Paris climate summit in 2015 and we met up at many international destinations to fight the UN’s corruption of climate science. My condolences to Fred’s family and my condolences the world of science. You lost a great one. Rest in Peace Fred, you earned it. Cheers to an honorable man of science and a life well-lived. You will be missed Fred.”

S. Fred Singer - Engineering and Technology History Wiki

Watch: Flashback 1990 CSPAN climate debate between Dr. Fred Singer & Greenpeace


Singer’s excerpted bio from The Heartland Institute’s webpage:

Dr. Singer, an atmospheric and space physicist, founded the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). He served as professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1971–94); distinguished research professor at the Institute for Space Science and Technology, Gainesville, FL (1989–94); chief scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation (1987– 89); vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA) (1981–86); deputy assistant administrator for policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970–71); deputy assistant secretary for water quality and research, U.S. Department of the Interior (1967– 70); founding dean of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of Miami (1964–67); first director of the National Weather Satellite Service (1962–64); and director of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Maryland (1953–62).

Dr. Singer did his undergraduate work in electrical engineering at Ohio State University and holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.

Dr. Singer has published more than 200 technical papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including EOS: Transactions of the AGU, Journal of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Science, Nature, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geophysical Research Letters, and International Journal of Climatology. His editorial essays and articles have appeared in Cosmos, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New Republic, Newsweek, Journal of Commerce, Washington Times, Washington Post, and many other publications. His accomplishments have been featured in front-cover stories appearing in Time, Life, and U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Singer is author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs, including Global Effects of Environmental Pollution (Reidel, 1970), Is There an Optimum Level of Population? (McGraw-Hill, 1971), Free Market Energy (Universe Books, 1984), Global Climate Change (Paragon House, 1989), The Greenhouse Debate Continued: An Analysis and Critique of the IPCC Climate Assessment (ICS Press, 1992), Hot Talk Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate (Independent Institute, 1997, 1999), Climate Policy: From Rio to Kyoto (Hoover Institution, 2000), Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, revised ed. 2008), Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate: The Summary for Policymakers of the Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (Heartland Institute, 2008), Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report; Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science (2013), and Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts (2014).

Dr. Singer is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was elected to the AAAS Council and served on the Committee on Council Affairs, and as Section Secretary. In 1997, NASA presented Dr. Singer with a commendation and cash award “for important contributions to space research.”

Dr. Singer has given hundreds of lectures and seminars on global warming, including to the science faculties at Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, State University of New York-Stony Brook, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, University of Connecticut, University of Colorado, Imperial College-London, Copenhagen University, University of Rome, and Tel Aviv University. He also has given invited seminars at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Max Planck Institute for Extra-Terrestrial Physics in Munich, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Singer has been a pioneer in many ways. At the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, he participated in the first experiments using high-altitude research rockets, measuring the energy spectrum of primary cosmic rays and the distribution of stratospheric ozone; he is generally credited with the discovery of the equatorial electrojet current flowing in the ionosphere. In academic science during the 1950s, he published the first studies on subatomic particles trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field: radiation belts, later discovered by James Van Allen.

Dr. Singer was the first to make the correct calculations for using atomic clocks in orbit, contributing to the verification of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and now essential in the GPS system of satellite navigation. He also designed satellites and instrumentation for remote sensing of the atmosphere and received a White House Presidential Commendation for this work.

In 1971, Dr. Singer calculated the anthropogenic contribution to atmospheric methane, an important greenhouse gas. He also predicted that methane, once reaching the stratosphere, would transform into water vapor, which could then deplete stratospheric ozone. A few years later, methane levels were indeed found to be rising, and the increase in stratospheric water vapor was confirmed in 1995.

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Professor Singer Takes on Al Gore and Global Warming Alarmism

Singer came under constant attack for his rational scientific views on climate change by many in the media and climate activists. Below is a 2008 account of Singer and how he stood up to the personal smears.


Global Smearing

By Steven Milloy
March 27, 2008, FoxNews.com

By any standard, atmospheric physicist Dr. S. Fred Singer is a remarkably accomplished scientist. But his outspoken questioning of global warming alarmism has just earned him one of the most outrageous mainstream media smear pieces I’ve ever seen.

ABC News reporter Dan Harris interviewed Singer for more than an hour at the recent International Climate Conference. From that interview, Harris produced a three-minute TV broadcast and Web site article that was about as fair and objective toward Singer as I might expect Greenpeace to be.

In fact, considering the activist group’s dominant role in Harris’ “report,” it seems that ABC News was merely the production company for a Greenpeace propaganda hit.

Harris’ piece starts out, “His fellow scientists call him a fraud, a charlatan and a showman, but Fred Singer calls himself ‘a realist.’” And just who are these “fellow scientists”? Harris didn’t identify them.

But I doubt anyone who knows anything about Singer could slander him like that in good conscience. Armed with a doctorate from Princeton University, Singer played a key role in the U.S. Navy’s development of countermeasures for mine warfare during World War II.

From there, Singer achieved fame in space science. Some of his major accomplishments include using rockets to make the first measurements of cosmic radiation in space along with James A. Van Allen (1947-50); designing the first instrument for measuring stratospheric ozone (1956); developing the capture theory for the origin of the Moon and Martian satellites (1966); calculating the increase in methane emissions due to population growth that is not key to global warming and ozone depletion theories (1971); and discovering orbital debris clouds with satellite instruments (1990).

Singer is exceedingly modest about his career. Although I have known him for more than a decade, I only inadvertently learned of his earlier achievements last year while reading “Sputnik: The Shock of the Century” (Walker & Company, 2007), which chronicles the development of the U.S. Space Program.

The book described Singer, along with Van Allen, as a “pioneer of space science.” The author also wrote, “America’s journey into space can arguably be traced to a gathering at James Van Allen’s house in Silver Spring, Maryland on April 5, 1950. The guest of honor was the eminent British geophysicist Sydney Chapman… The other guests were S. Fred Singer…”

Among his many prominent positions, Singer was the first director of the National Weather Satellite Center and the first dean of the University of Miami’s School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences. He’s also held many senior administrative positions at federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation and Department of Interior.

Despite this illustrious bio, ABC News’ Harris apparently was too busy swallowing the Greenpeace caricature of Singer to do any research on the actual man.

In a letter to ABC News, Singer complained that “Dan Harris also referred to unnamed scientists from NASA, Princeton and Stanford, who pronounced what I do as ‘fraudulent nonsense’… They are easily identified as the well-known global warming zealots Jim Hansen, Michael Oppenheimer and Steve Schneider. They should be asked by ABC to put their money where their mouth is and have a scientific debate with me. I suspect they’ll chicken out. They surely know that the facts support my position — so they resort to anonymous slurs.”

Perhaps the most comical part of Harris’ hit piece is the Greenpeace contribution. In the eco-activist tradition of willful ignorance and ad hominem attack, Greenpeace’s Kert Davies said of Singer, “He’s kind of a career skeptic. He believes that environmental problems are all overblown and he’s made a career on being that voice.”

Right, Kert. Singer is just now making his career. And just who is Kert Davies, described by Harris as a “global warming specialist,” and what exactly qualifies him to pass any sort of judgment on Singer? I e-mailed Kert a request for his resume in order to learn precisely what a “global warming specialist” is. I received no response as of the writing of this column.

Singer’s eminent qualifications and lifetime of accomplishment are readily available on the Internet for all to see. What about Davies’ qualifications and accomplishments? I couldn’t find them on the Greenpeace Web site; I couldn’t find them through a Nexis search.

Is it possible that their Internet absence is indicative of their general nature? All that I could find out about Davies is that the media often has used quotes from him in the role of a spokesman for various eco-activist groups since the mid-1990s.

Worse than Davies is ABC News’ Harris. Although he didn’t need any particular qualifications or expertise to fairly report the interview with Singer other than perhaps some basic journalistic objectivity, he couldn’t even manage that as he allowed the distinguished Singer to be smeared by a rather undistinguished blowhard.

This column recently reported on another recent mainstream media effort to marginalize those who question global warming alarmism. It’s a fascinating phenomenon given that available scientific evidence on the all-important relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global climate indisputably supports Singer’s point of view rather than the alarmists.

Apparently the activists have decided that since they can’t destroy the facts, they’ll instead try to destroy anyone who dares mention them.

Steven Milloy publishes JunkScience.com and DemandDebate.com. He is a junk science expert, advocate of free enterprise and an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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Carl Friis-Hansen
April 7, 2020 10:42 am

Fred Singer really gave a calm and intelligent appearance on the videos I have seen him in. Condolences to his family and friends.

April 7, 2020 10:46 am

I just received this news from another source, and I am devastated.

Fred Singer was a great man, and a great friend.

So long Fred – excellent job!

Best, Allan

April 7, 2020 2:42 pm

Joe Bast published this fine tribute today to our friend Fred Singer.
Much appreciated – thank you Joe.
Best, Allan

APRIL 7, 2020
By Joseph Bast

Fred Singer passed away last night. He was 95. That this news was long expected makes it no less sad and disheartening. I write this as if through a veil of tears.

My condolences and deepest thanks go out to Rocky and the staff at the Rockville Nursing Home who took such good care of Fred for the past few years. Diane and I saw it first-hand during our visits to Fred last year. Fred was such a wonderful person, so kind and wise, witty and considerate of others, that everyone who met him knew they were in the presence of a special person, even when they didn’t know he was a world-renowned scientist and prominent public intellectual.

Fred Singer was a giant in the field of climate science. His careers in government, the academy, and then in think tanks gave him a breadth of knowledge and experience that mere specialists invariably lack. Most physicists, for example, focus on the behavior of clouds and cosmic rays while neglecting the bigger picture of biological feedbacks, economics, and politics. Most economists focus on cost-benefit analysis and forget that people don’t care how much fire extinguishers cost when their house is on fire. Fred understood the physics, biology, economics, and politics of climate change and much, much more. In a dozen books and hundreds of articles he explained virtually every aspect of the climate change issue in terms sophisticated enough to be published in the leading peer-reviewed science journals and so plain-spoken that he could appear in The Wall Street Journal and online at American Thinker.

To me, Fred was a mentor, a true scientist and teacher, and a friend. I first worked closely with him and Dennis Avery on a revised edition of Unstoppable Global Warming … Every 1,500 Years in 2007. We discovered, to both our surprise I’m sure, that our patterns of thought and expression were so similar that we made an excellent team. We could, as is said, finish each other’s sentences. That partnership led to Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate in 2008, then five volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series, and ending with a revised edition of Hot Talk, Cold Science (in production).

Fred Singer’s contribution to the international debate over climate change cannot be overstated. He was a pioneer, one of the first and most prominent scientists to debate his fellow scientists and criticize the false and exaggerated claims of environmentalists and politicians who claimed to be experts on the subject. Where others stayed silent out of fear of retaliation by activists in government and in universities, Fred was utterly fearless, willing to take the slings and arrows of critics in order to defend real (not political) science.

In addition to being a prolific writer himself, Fred encouraged countless others to write and speak out on the controversial subject of climate change. He was always available to comment on other people’s work and to encourage them to submit their work to academic journals or to work with think tanks that would publish and promote their ideas. He had a unparalleled international network of scholars with whom he corresponded frequently, the basis for what became the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

For several years, Fred Singer almost single handedly sustained a debate over whether or not enough is known, or can be known, about the causes and consequences of climate change to justify the regulations and taxes being proposed by many partisans on the left. Thanks to his example, integrity, leadership, and generosity, he soon was not a lone voice in the debate, but instead created a movement — call it climate realism — that today dominates informed (if not academic) discussion of climate change. That perspective, now embraced by President Donald Trump and most Republicans in the United States, is saving countless lives and fueling global prosperity.

God bless you, Fred Singer. May you rest in peace knowing you changed the world for the better and left behind generations of thinkers and doers inspired by your example and nurtured by your friendship.

April 8, 2020 5:37 am

My friend Richard S Courtney mentioned Fred Singer’s work with V2 rockets and I found this article:



First Photo From Space
In 1946, rocket-borne cameras gave us our first look at Earth from beyond the atmosphere
By Tony Reichhardt
OCTOBER 24, 2006

On October 24, 1946, not long after the end of World War II and years before the Sputnik satellite opened the space age, a group of soldiers and scientists in the New Mexico desert saw something new and wonderful—the first pictures of Earth as seen from space.

The grainy, black-and-white photos were taken from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range. Snapping a new frame every second and a half, the rocket-borne camera climbed straight up, then fell back to Earth minutes later, slamming into the ground at 500 feet per second. The camera itself was smashed, but the film, protected in a steel cassette, was unharmed.

Fred Rulli was a 19-year-old enlisted man assigned to the recovery team that drove into the desert to retrieve film from those early V-2 shots. When the scientists found the cassette in good shape, he recalls, “They were ecstatic, they were jumping up and down like kids.” Later, back at the launch site, “when they first projected [the photos] onto the screen, the scientists just went nuts.”

Before 1946, the highest pictures ever taken of the Earth’s surface were from the Explorer II balloon, which had ascended 13.7 miles in 1935, high enough to discern the curvature of the Earth. The V-2 cameras reached more than five times that altitude, where they clearly showed the planet set against the blackness of space. When the movie frames were stitched together, Clyde Holliday, the engineer who developed the camera, wrote in National Geographic in 1950, the V-2 photos showed for the first time “how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a space ship.” (See a panorama from a July 1948 V-2 shot here.)

It was one of many firsts for the V-2 research program of the late 1940s, during which the Army fired dozens of captured German missiles brought to White Sands in 300 railroad cars at the end of the war. While the missileers used the V-2s to refine their own rocket designs, scientists were invited to pack instruments inside the nosecone to study temperatures, pressures, magnetic fields and other physical characteristics of the unexplored upper atmosphere.

Holliday worked for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), alongside pioneering space scientists like James Van Allen and S. Fred Singer, both of whom would later be involved in planning the first U.S. satellites.

Richard S Courtney
April 8, 2020 12:52 pm


Thanks for that article. I had not seen it before.

Some may wonder at my comment which induced you to find the article, and my comment was

“Fred Singer has gone.

We have all lost a great man who was a great scientist and an immense human benefactor. I and many others have lost a good friend.

I value the memories of Fred reminiscing about his work to get V2 rockets from Germany to America, his work with Van Allen to discover the radiation belts, how he established the first weather satellites, and etc..I treasure the joy of the car journey when Fred, Gerd Rainer Weber and I shared jokes and laughs on our way to conduct a successful public meeting at an IPCC CoP. I consider it to be a great compliment that the egregious Michael Mann called me “One of Fred Singer’s hired guns”, but Fred did not hire anybody because he did not need to and he lacked funds to do it: the honour of working with Fred was more reward than any payment could have been..

Shalom Fred.”

I ask all to keep safe in these dangerous times.


April 7, 2020 10:46 am

That’s horrible, I’m with his family and his many friends.
I had the chance to meet him one day here in Mainz / Germany, a day I never forget.
R.I.P. Fred !
You’ll never be forgotten

Reply to  Krishna Gans
April 8, 2020 7:32 am

Good for you, Krishna. I met him once here in Virginia and got to shake his hand. I will always remember that moment.

Reply to  oeman50
April 8, 2020 9:55 am

My father in law was good friend of him, and Mr. Singer was very interested in the work, my father in law was working on, he was on the sun pathway (https://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/publikationen/horst-borchert-dr-rer-nat-physiker/)
That day, they pepared an EIKE meeting, even a journalist was interested and got an interview he also published on his blog. http://www.oekonologie.de/2009/11/kaffee-und-kuchen-aber-kein-klimawandel/
He wrote for the “Mainzer Rhein Zeitung”

Janice Moore
April 7, 2020 10:57 am

I am definitely not a lukewarmer.

Fred Singer


someone with Dr. Singer’s education, intelligence, accomplishments, and integrity concluded from the evidence that he could not be a lukewarmer,


those far less qualified than he need to ask themselves:

“Why am I?”


Mourning the loss of a powerful voice for data-driven science.

David Dibbell
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 7, 2020 12:22 pm

Excellent point about the “lukewarmer” comment from Dr. Singer. I have bookmarked this WUWT post with all its links, to explore his past statements further. May this sad passing be a motivation for other voices to get stronger.

Janice Moore
Reply to  David Dibbell
April 7, 2020 7:56 pm

Thank you, David Dibbell.

And, amen.

Dan Sudlik
April 7, 2020 11:23 am

Rest in peace. You will be missed. There are few that can come close to your accomplishments.

April 7, 2020 11:25 am

If you want a career as a scientist, you will toe the party line. If you don’t, your research money will dry up. If you don’t have tenure already, you won’t get it. Your school may fire you. In other words, you don’t get to be a skeptic ’til you retire.

As far as I can tell, there’s a steady stream of retirees. That gives me hope there will be more folks out there who can pick up Fred’s load.

The Democrats used to console themselves with the idea that all the grouchy old white Republican supporters would eventually die. Then, in their view, the Democrats would rule forever. How’s that working for them?

The alarmists think that when the old skeptics die, there will be none left and the alarmists will own the field. I hope they’re wrong. Surely there are folks who spent a career being disgusted by what’s going on and they’ll feel like talking about it when they retire.

April 7, 2020 11:26 am

Now I am really going off- piste. I wonder any relation to the man who invented the Singer, sewing machine. This guy was amazing as was, Fred.

Apologies , on my third Stella Beer- lock down does that!

April 7, 2020 11:28 am

It is a great tragedy that such eminent scientists die before the climate change scam has been debunked and ended.

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
April 8, 2020 12:57 am

Yes, age sadly is providing wisdom to see through the Alarmist’s scam….we lost Bob Carter RIP and now another great….a sad day for real science.

April 7, 2020 11:29 am

wow, quite a list of good reading material there. A great way to celebrate his massive contribution science.

Just what we need to usefully enjoy our house arrest.

He will be greatly missed.

Steven Mosher
Reply to  Greg
April 7, 2020 4:06 pm

list his papers, and his graduate students.

you know you’ve done something worthwhile when other people build on your work
and extend your influence

Todd Elson
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 7, 2020 7:04 pm

Interesting line of thought. The article did say that “Dr. Singer published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals”, though it did not link to a list.
On the other hand, I think Steve McIntyre has done very worthwhile things with a short list of published papers and no graduate students.
When I was in graduate school (electrical engineering), my advisor was mainly doing plasma science and had few grad students and publications because it was difficult to obtain funding for his specialty. Many other professors in the department had ample funding, students, and publications because they were funded from the likes of Intel who wanted the results and well-trained future employees. Those professors generated more pubs and PhDs, though not necessarily more worthwhile.

Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 8, 2020 12:35 pm

Class act as always Moshpup! Attack the man, and appeal to authority, as it’s all you have.

Rot in Peace, English Literature and Philosophy boy.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  Steven Mosher
April 9, 2020 1:04 am

Steven Mosher,

You say,
“you know you’ve done something worthwhile when other people build on your work
and extend your influence”.
Yes, and the great Fred Singer clearly demonstrates your point.

For example, Fred developed the US research which led to the US satellite programs, and he headed the program to devise, launch and develop the first weather satellites. So, you can thank Fred for his work whenever you see a weather forecast, use GPS, or watch a live TV program from another continent. Indeed, the continuing developments of satellites for communications, Earth monitoring, astronomical observations and etc. are all examples of “other people building on” and “extending” Fred’s “influence”.

Perhaps you can cite some – any – work you have done that merits thanks?


April 7, 2020 11:35 am

skeptical scientists

Chaos past, present, and future, no more, maybe. RIP

April 7, 2020 11:46 am

What I remember Fred Singer for is his explanation of the radiation in the Van Allen Belts, see page 34 of https://leif.org/research/Space_Radiation.pdf
The Belts might almost have been named the ‘Singer Belts’.

April 7, 2020 11:55 am


Hey, 2020! Would it kill you to throw a little *good* news our way?

Richard P
April 7, 2020 11:57 am

Condolences to his friends and family. He will be missed greatly, but his words and deeds will last for many many years.

John Cullen
April 7, 2020 12:09 pm

I recently acquired a secondhand, signed copy of the 1988 book entitled “Global Climate Change – human and natural influences” edited by Fred Singer. More than 30 years later it still rings true. For example, in the Overview, at page 3, Fred warned that we need to be concerned about discharges of waste into the oceans. And in the Postscript he wrote about ways to explain the puzzling temperature record of that era, namely the importance of negative feed-backs and also the significance of natural fluctuations such as solar variability.

We will miss his independent thinking, unsullied by the politicised relativism of post-modern science.

John Cullen.

April 7, 2020 12:13 pm

My condolences to Fred’s family, to his friends, and to his associates.

Stay safe and healthy, all.

April 7, 2020 12:17 pm

Rest in Peace, Dr. Singer. You will be sorely missed.

April 7, 2020 12:18 pm

RIP Dr. Singer.

April 7, 2020 12:32 pm

Condolences to his family and friends. We seem to be losing too many people with honor and brilliance and who are willing to stand for scientific truth. There are too few with his abilities.

April 7, 2020 12:33 pm

One of the very last persons of sanity and integrity of the UVA faculty.

He will be missed.


Russ R.
April 7, 2020 12:47 pm

I was busy with my own life, and swayed by he “argumentum ab auctoritate” of the media designated climate glitterati, until I read the clearly logical evidence based work by Dr. Fred Singer.
He was a man with a clear understanding of science and would not go further than the evidence allowed. No matter how much pressure was brought to bear on him. He was a rock, when it would have been much easier to be a wind vane.
He will be missed, but his words and his lessons of adherence to The Method will live on.

Dana H Saylor Sr.
April 7, 2020 12:53 pm

A few years ago when I begin seriously studying the “climate change” phenomena, Dr. Singer led the list of many other outstanding Scientists from renowned university and institutions around the world who, later in life, were labeled skeptics, deniers and worse. In spite of the billions of dollars of government funding supporting the thesis of human causation, these brilliant scientists never “followed the crowd” nor abandoned the science that supported a different conclusion. Dr. Singer and the recent death of Freeman Dyson and others of similar convictions will be sorely missed but there legacy will not!

April 7, 2020 12:55 pm

A Family loss, a Science loss, and a loss to Humanity.

RIP Sir.

Michael in Dublin
April 7, 2020 1:19 pm

Every death should be a moment of sadness, which we feel far more when it is a family member or friend. However, it should also be a reminder about our powerlessness over death. We may slightly extend life by the way we live and behave and modern medicine but we cannot master death. The same with climate. We can seek to reduce pollution, mitigate the problems caused and adapt, but we cannot master the climate. We can neither engineer an eternally happy life nor engineer a perfect climate.

Dr Singer should be recognized and praised for encouraging a sober realism about and an appreciation of climate.

April 7, 2020 1:33 pm

He was a national treasure, an inspirational bulwark against those seeking to intimidate AGW skeptics into silence. It was an honor to meet and correspond with him.

April 7, 2020 1:59 pm

Right now, the world simply cannot afford to lose knowledgeable and honorable men such as Dr Singer. Let’s hope and pray there is someone in the wings, waiting for their call to greatness. My condolences to us all.

Jim Gorman
April 7, 2020 2:11 pm

First Feynman and now Singer. We are losing great minds and with no one on the horizon!

April 7, 2020 2:19 pm

RIP Dr. Singer. A great loss to us and a greater loss to honest science. He will be sorely missed.

Reply to  troe
April 8, 2020 5:00 am

Irreplaceable…we are losing far too many….Michael Crichton, Freeman Dyson, John Coleman, Vincent Gray, William Gray, and more – not all climate scientists, but all great CAGW skeptics…sincere condolences to the family….

M Courtney
April 7, 2020 4:20 pm

My father told me of this earlier today. He was unreasonably upset. It was unreasonable as Dr Singer’s death was timely and his life was full.

Singer has achieved much.

The media has stared at him with the Evil Eye but such curses don’t affect the real world. They are flummery that are soon forgotten..
Dr Singer looked at the real world. And truth lasts.

95 misses the century. But it probably wins the match, none the less.

Honour to Dr Fred Singer.

Gunga Din
April 7, 2020 4:40 pm

SEPP is how I (eventually) found WUWT and Junkscience.com.
I worked in water treatment and was looking for info about some Environmental Groups claims of Atrazine in our drinking water, back when “sites” were bulletin boards. (Some even “links” to others!)
I followed SEPP and, around 2007, started to notice Al gore talking about CAGW and something about some guy collecting photographs of the stations used for the data…
To sum up, Dr. Singer was the first I noticed that spoke out with science against “science” being warped for Enviro/Political goals.
Prayers for his family.

Indur Goklany
April 7, 2020 5:53 pm

I am very sad to hear of Fred Singer’s passing. He was a born scientist and, therefore, reflexively, a skeptic. He was never one to bow to the consensus. He was always questioning and probing, as a scientist should. I first met him in 1986/87 when we both were on an interagency group examining the ozone depletion issue.

He was also a gentleman, an Austrian Jew who somehow emigrated to England, where he ended up working in a clockmaker’s shop during the early years of the War. I always wondered what he thought when he was accused of being a “denier”. Shame on those that did.

The world is a lot poorer for his passing. It needs more people like him.
Rest in peace, Fred.

April 7, 2020 11:41 pm

Much sadness. Rest in peace. Condolences to his family.

April 8, 2020 1:01 am

The IQ of the planet just dropped a little. RIP.

April 8, 2020 2:34 am

A True Man of Science
My condolences to Fred’s family, friends and colleagues.
He kept a light shining for science.
Rest in Peace

April 8, 2020 4:08 am

I had the pleasure to meet him when he visited the Netherlands. My sincere condolences to his next of kin.

April 8, 2020 5:17 am

hell of a resume, one hell of a man,
sad news.
hopefully well educated student of his will be speaking out as he did for sanity

Joseph Zorzin
April 8, 2020 5:57 am

Off subject but- Efforts to top climate skeptics on YouTube- believe it or not- from the “RealClimate” crowd: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2020/04/a-problem-with-youtube/

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 8, 2020 11:49 am

There is nothing “real” about that site. Anyone that repeatedly uses the term “denier” is just not credible. They complain about their own doomer videos being swamped by “denier” comments, as they remain oblivious to the fact that the vast majority of humanity understands that there is no climate crisis. It’s like reading minutes from a 911 Truther meeting, no relation to reality.

Gary Ashe
April 8, 2020 9:03 am

R.I.P Fred, may your molecules travel the universe for eternity.

Pat Frank
April 8, 2020 9:34 am

I met Fred 6 or 7 years ago, when he asked me by email to pick him at SFO on a visit to Stanford. He was on his way through to China for some award.

Fred was friendly and conversational. That evening I was privileged to be among the scientists who dined with him at the Faculty Club.

Fred was entirely unpretentious. I’ve known a lot of very prominent scientists. Some are egotistical and full of themselves. Others retain a personally modest humanity. Fred was one among the latter group.

Fred also spoke at the conference dinner of the 2015 meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, where I presented the error propagation analysis showing the utter unreliability of climate model air temperature projections.

He was again mater-of-fact and unassuming in his remarks.

Fred’s genius extended beyond science into the personal. He never lost sight of his own humanity.

Andy Pattullo
April 8, 2020 11:33 am

Though sad to hear of his passing, it is the culmination of 95 years as a quality human being who’s life is a monument to character and integrity. We are richer for his having been among us. The world is noticeably darker with his passing.

April 8, 2020 6:15 pm

Terribly sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.

Dana H. Saylor Sr.
April 13, 2020 10:39 am

A few years ago when I begin seriously studying the “climate change” phenomena, Dr. Singer headed the list of many other outstanding Scientists from renowned university and institutions around the world who, later in life, were labeled skeptics, deniers and worse. In spite of the billions of dollars of government funding supporting the thesis of human causation, these brilliant scientists never “followed the crowd” nor abandoned the science that supported a different conclusion. Dr. Singer, Freeman Dyson and others of similar convictions will be sorely missed but there extraordinary contributions to science will not!

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