Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney

Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA HonFFPH(UK) is Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has published over 520 articles in peer reviewed journals and 21 books and major reports. His H index is 61 and he has over 13,400 citations. His Conversation articles have been read over 3.108 million times.

In 1997 he won the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day Medal and in 2003 he was voted by his international peers to be awarded the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control. In 2008 he won the NSW Premier’s Cancer Researcher of the Year medal; the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax medal; and was a NSW finalist in Australian of the Year. He was deputy editor (1992-1997) then editor (1998-2008) of the British Medical Journal's, Tobacco Control and is now its Editor Emeritus. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2013 and was named Australian Skeptic of the Year

His recent research involves examining policy how health and medical issues are covered in the news media; how people stop smoking unaided; the psychogenic aspects of wind farms and health; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy.

His most recent books, Smoke Signals: Selected Writing [Darlington Press, 2016] contains 71 of his essays published since 1985. It is free, open access here: https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au//bitstream/2123/17026/1/Smoke-Signals-Simon-Chapman-2016.pdf

Wind Turbine Syndrome: a communicated disease was published in Dec 2017 and is available free (open access) at


  • 2016–present
    Emeritus professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2000–2015
    Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney


  • 1984 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)