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Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA Hon FFPH (UK)

I am an Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney, from which I retired in February 2016. I live in Sydney on Gadigal land.

My full CV with links to most publications

My Conversation column and articles (n=113): 3.701 million reads

Twitter impressions: 2015-May 2023: 36.792 million

#2 most accessed+downloaded author in  University of Sydney’s e-scholarship repository (390,237 accesses).

Ranked 16,808 for citations among 9,749,150 authors with 5 or more publications (in any field) from 1996-2022 (see here) and 132 among 59,062 public health authors

Career highlights

• Co-convenor of the Coalition for Gun Control (1994-1996) which won the 1996 Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Community Human Rights award.

• Deputy editor (1992-97), Editor (1998-2008), Emeritus Editor since 2009, BMJ’s Tobacco Control

• World Health Organization World No Tobacco Day Medal for tobacco control, 1997

• National Heart Foundation (Australia), President’s Gold Medal, 1999

• Life member, Australian Consumers’ Association, publishers of Choice (conferred 2003) for 20 years of board membership, including four as chair.

• American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Medal for Outstanding Individual Leadership. 13th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Helsinki, August 2003

• Research selected as one of Australia’s “10 best” by National Health & Medical Research Council, 2005 and 2010 (as part of team led by Prof Melanie Wakefield)

President’s Award Thoracic Society of Australia, 2006

• One of 8 past and present public health academics profiled in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine’s 150th Anniversary book 150 Years, 150 Firsts. The people of the Faculty of Medicine, 2006.

NSW Premier’s Award (medal and $50,000): Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year, 22 May 2008

• Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA) 2008

NSW Finalist Australian of the Year 2009

Sidney Sax Medal 2008: Public Health Association of Australia

• One of the “top 100 of Sydney’s most influential people.” Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Magazine, Jan 2009 and Nov 2012.

• Distinguished Professorial Achievement Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney $10,000. November 2012

• Elected Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Public Health of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom March 2013

Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) Jun 10, 2013 “for distinguished service to medical research as an academic and author, particularly in the area of public health policy, and to the community.”

Australian Skeptic of the Year (awarded by Australian Skeptics Inc, Nov 23, 2013)

Institute of Public Affairs (Australia) IPA Review Jan 2014. Proudly, one of “The Dirty dozen” all-time Australian “opponents of freedom” (note: Ivan Milat, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Rev Fred Nile did not make the top 12 list)

• Rockefeller Foundation. Writer in residence, Bellagio Center, Lake Como, Italy April 1-29, 2014 (see memoir “entering paradise” at p 94 here)

•  Public Health Impact Award, NSW Public Health Association 2016

Inner West Council (Sydney) Senior Citizen of the Year 2020

Latest book Quit smoking weapons of mass distraction. Sydney University Press (2022) FREE OPEN ACCESS e-book (5,184 accesses since Jul 25, 2022) $40 paperback