Victor J. Stenger dies at 79

A physicist, author and renowned skeptic has passed away.

Dr. Victor J. Stenger was an advocate against psychics, pseudoscience and religion.

Vic Stenger

Vic Stenger

Stenger, a retired elementary particle physicist and author of thirteen books, was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry. He served as President of the Colorado Citizens for Science for several years. But he spent many years at the University of Hawaii. He was in Hawaii on vacation when he died. This was confirmed via Hemant Mehta who spoke with his wife.

Stenger had a degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a PhD in physics. His extensive list of publications includes the NY Times best seller, God The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist (2007).  More of his essays can be found here. You can also read his contributing column to the Huffington Post he started in 2010.

His latest book, God and the Multiverse was published this year.

Secular VIP of the Week: Victor Stenger | Richard Dawkins Foundation.

Stenger was no stranger to controversy. In 1992, Uri Geller sued Stenger and the publisher, Prometheus Books for defamation regarding questioning his “psychic powers.” Geller lost. As an outspoken critic of religion, he was a target of religious commentary against his views. One of his most famous quotes was “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.”

He was an advocate for “New Atheism” The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason

His tremendous contribution to secular, skeptical, scientific and religious literature is too great to treat fairly here. More extensive obituaries are sure to follow.

  5 comments for “Victor J. Stenger dies at 79

  1. August 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    He will be missed. A great man!

  2. baal buster
    August 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    He was a very good friend to us Skeptics.

  3. XaurreauX
    August 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    A breath of fresh air in an atmosphere of toxic, willful ignorance.

  4. Karl
    September 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Victor Stenger was my favorite of the “new atheists”. He was rigorous and stuck to his domain of knowledge. Loved the many podcasts he was on. We’ve lost a real asset.

  5. Gerald
    September 24, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I have six of his books which I greatly value and feel privileged to have met him personally.

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