Patrick Michaels

Patrick J. Michaels passed away in July 2022.

Dr. Patrick Michaels was a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. He was a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. Michaels was a contributing author and is a reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was the long-time director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, and finished his career working for the CO2 Coalition and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Michaels' writing had been published in major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials worldwide. He was the author or editor of six books on climate and its impact, and he was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. He had appeared on most of the worldwide major media.

Michaels held AB and SM degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago, and he received a Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.

Michaels accepted the Courage in Defense of Science Award from The Heartland Institute at its 13th International Conference on Climate Change in 2019. See his acceptance presentation below.