Philip Appleman, Humanism’s Poet Laureate, Leaves Legacy
Poet, author, editor, and Charles Darwin expert Philip Appleman passed away on April 11, 2020, at the age of ninety-four. Born in Indiana on February 8, 1926, Appleman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and the Merchant Marine after the war. He received degrees from Northwestern University, the University of …
Marvin Kohl, Philosopher and Author, Dies at Eighty-Eight
Marvin Kohl, PhD, died on July 8, 2020, in an assisted living facility in Massachusetts after surviving COVID-19 in April. Kohl, for more than thirty years a philosopher in the SUNY system, was the author of The Morality of Killing and the editor of Beneficient Euthanasia and Infanticide and the Value of Life. He was …
Mario Bunge, Physicist and Philosopher, Dies at 100
Mario Bunge passed away in the loving company of his wife, Marta, and children, Eric and Silvia, on February 24, 2020, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bunge was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 21, 1919. He studied physics and mathematics as an undergraduate at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and founded a Workers …
Edd Doerr, Church-State Separation and Education Advocate, Dies at Eighty-Nine
Edd Doerr was born on December 21, 1930, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Eugene Henry and Mary Catherine (Burk) Doerr. He received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in 1956. A former teacher of history and Spanish, he is the author, coauthor, editor, or translator of twenty books, including My Life as a …
Adolf Grünbaum, 1923–2018
Adolf Grünbaum was born in Germany in 1923 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1938. From a young age, he had philosophical questions that led to theistic research and the declaration of his atheism just before his bar mitzvah. After learning English in the United States, he earned his undergraduate degree …
Deo Ssekitoleko, African Humanist, Dies at Forty-Eight
Deo Ssekitoleko has been credited with bringing humanism to Uganda, Kenya, and East Africa when he first brought young people from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) General Assembly in 2004, which was held in Kampala, Uganda. There students were not only exposed to the IHEU but to …
Jens Christian Skou
Jens Christian Skou, born in 1918, may have spent his life in Denmark, but his legacy spread across the world and time. Skou discovered a vital mechanism in the body’s cells, which earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. Skou graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1944 with a degree in medicine …
George Albert Wells, 1926–2017
Wells is best known as an advocate of the thesis that Jesus is a mythical— not historical—figure
Books in Brief
Brief reviews from Free Inquiry Vol. 36, No. 4.
Niloy Neel: Fourth Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death in 2015
“In less than six months, four secular bloggers have been attacked and killed by machete-wielding men in Bangladesh.”
A Guide to Exploring Atheism
A review of What If I’m a(n) Atheist? A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion, by David Seidman.
Lavanam – Atheist, Social Reformer, Philosopher, and Human Rights Activist, 1930-2015
The Center for Inquiry extends its deepest condolences to the family of Lavanam.
Michael L. Martin, Philosopher and Author, 1932–2015
Michael L. Martin, an American analytic philosopher and one of the most formidable academic champions of atheism, passed away unexpectedly at the age of eighty-three in Boston on May 27.
Anne Nicol Gaylor, Feminist, Activist, and Freethinker, 1926–2015
Anne Nicol Gaylor, the principal founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), died at the age of eighty-eight in Wisconsin on June 14.