A physicist, author and renowned skeptic has passed away.
Dr. Victor J. Stenger was an advocate against psychics, pseudoscience and religion.
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.
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.