Prof Simon Chapman, winner of the Skeptic of the Year award for 2013, has recently retired.
Simon was professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney, and has a distinguished career in health areas.
He has authored 17 books and major reports, 292 papers and 168 letters and commentaries in peer review journals. He’s been recognised both in Australia and overseas as a significant researcher and campaigner for public health and especially for the public communication of health issues, particularly in the areas of tobacco, alcohol and gun control, and anti-vaccination beliefs. His research has been named in the “top 10” projects funded by the NH&MRC.
In 2008 he was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award as Cancer Researcher of the Year, and named in the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. And in the same year he was awarded the Skeptic of the Year.
He is also a bit of a rock star, taking lead vocal duties in a band that regularly raises money for charity.
We wish Simon all the best for his retirement, but we know that we will be keeping in touch and hope to see more of him in skeptical circles in the future.