Skeptical Scientists who are Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (Working List/Resource)


The logo of the American Geophysical Union.

NOTE: As with all of my lists of this type, an asterisk is placed prior to a skeptical scientist’s name if they are deceased. There is also a section at the bottom indicating which skeptical scientists (if any) are recipients of that organization’s awards (or other any other notable organization that there will not be a list for’s awards).

The grand total, at the time of the last update, stands at 16 skeptical scientists who are fellows of the AGU.


The purpose of this resource is the same as all of my other resources of this type: to show that skeptical scientists (scientists who are skeptical of some part of the alarm raised about human-induced climate change/global warming or who support points raised by other skeptical scientists) are not anti-science and have actually contributed much to science, so much so that many have been honored by various professional scientific organizations, such as the NAS or the AGU, the AMS or the APS. It is not to say that I agree wholeheartedly with all of these scientists. I don’t. I simply think that it’s important to respond to slanderous accusations against scientists. This resource is focused on the AGU: American Geophysical Union, and which skeptical scientists are fellows of it. The criteria for such an honor is as follows:

To be elected a Union Fellow is a tribute to those AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. Eligible Fellows nominees must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are: (1) breakthrough or discovery; (2) innovation in disciplinary science, cross-disciplinary science, instrument development, or methods development; and/or (3) sustained scientific impact.

I include scientists who have at least 2 (but usually 3, and never more) of what I call “skeptic links”, a term that I use to describe webpages which demonstrate a scientist’s skepticism. Usually this includes a Skeptic Link 1, a Skeptic Link 2, and a Skeptic Link 3.

Usually Skeptic Link 1 is a “skeptic declaration” (as Jim Prall of the University of Toronto puts it, to describe lists of scientists who agree with a particular statement supporting skeptical arguments, such as the Leipzig Declaration) that the scientist is a signatory of or a link to Wikipedia, and while I don’t consider Wikipedia to be a reliable resource on everything, it does cite its sources which can be verified and I believe they do a good job, at least as regards to who they describe as skeptical.

Skeptic Link 2 a peer-reviewed paper supporting skeptical argument(s) by the scientist.

Finally, Skeptic Link 3 is an article by the scientist, usually in a newspaper or magazine, or, in the case that one cannot be found, a presentation by the scientist that supports at least one skeptical argument.

For a number of scientists on this list, exceptions have been made. They may have only one skeptic link, or more than one of Skeptic Link 1. The reasons for their inclusion are in the supplementary information.

The scientists which didn’t make it on this list for the reasons explained in the supplementary information are also included in the supplementary information.

As with all my working lists, it may be incomplete and reasonable new suggestions are welcome.


1. Dr. Richard S. Lindzen

2. Dr. S. Fred Singer

3. Dr. Roger A. Pielke, Sr.

4. Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu

5. Dr. Claude Allégre

6. Dr. Petr Chylek

7. Dr. Judith Curry

8. Dr. Vincent Courtillot

9. Dr. Eigil Friis-Christensen

10. Dr. William Cotton

11. *Dr. James J. O’Brien

12. *Dr. William Nierenberg

13. *Dr. Klaus Wyrtki

14. Dr. Joanne Simpson

15. *Dr. Helmut E. Landsberg

16. Dr. William Hubbard



Dr. Lindzen  is a recipient of the AGU’s James B. Macelwane Medal, which is given for

significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist.

and which confers the recipient as a Fellow.

Dr. Akasofu is a recipient of the AGU’s John Adam Fleming Medal, which is given for

original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.

and which confers the recipient as a Fellow.

Dr. Allegré  and Dr. Landsberg are recipients of the AGU’s William Bowie Medal, which is given for

outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research.

and which confers the recipient as a Fellow.

Dr. Wyrtki was a recipient of the AGU’s Maurice Ewing Medal, which is given for

significant original contributions to the ocean sciences.

Dr. Courtillot was a President of the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism section of the AGU.

Dr. O’Brien was an Editor of the AGU-published Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Dr. Landsberg and Dr. Nierenberg were Members of the National Academy of Engineering, an honor which

is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

Dr. Landsberg was a recipient of the National Medal of Science, which is given

given to individuals “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.

Dr. Landsberg and Dr. Simpson were recipients of the International Meteorological Organization’s Prize, which

is awarded annually to individuals for outstanding work in the field of meteorology or in any other field referred to in Article 2 of the WMO Convention.