S. Fred Singer is the president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, an organization he founded in 1990. He specializes in global climate change and the greenhouse effect, depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer, acid rain, air pollution, importance and future of the U.S. space program, energy resources and U.S. energy policy.
Singer is also a Distinguished Research Professor at George Mason University and professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia.
Singer is internationally known for his work on energy and environmental issues. A pioneer in the development of rocket and satellite technology, he devised the basic instrument for measuring stratospheric ozone and was principal investigator on a satellite experiment retrieved by the space shuttle in 1990. He was the first scientist to predict that population growth would increase atmospheric methane--an important greenhouse gas.
His previous government and academic positions include chief scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation; deputy assistant administrator for policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; deputy assistant secretary for water quality and research, U.S. Department of the Interior; founding dean of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of Miami; first director of the National Weather Satellite Service; and director of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Maryland.
Singer has received numerous awards for his research, including a Special Commendation from the White House for achievements in artificial earth satellites, a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for the development and management of the U.S. weather satellite program, and the first Science Medal from the British Interplanetary Society. He has served on state and federal advisory panels, including five years as vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmospheres. He frequently testifies before Congress.
Singer did his undergraduate work in electrical engineering at Ohio State University and holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs, including Is There an Optimum Level of Population?; Free Market Energy, and Global Climate Change. Singer has also published more than 400 technical papers in scientific, economic, and public policy journals, as well as numerous editorial essays and articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Journal of Commerce, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. His latest book, Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate, was published in late 1997 through the Independent Institute.