Simon Chapman is Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has published over 500 articles in peer reviewed journals and published 17 books and major reports. In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation'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; and the Public Health Association of Australia's Sidney Sax medal. He was deputy editor (1992-1997) then editor (1998-2008) of the British Medical Journal's Tobacco Control and is now its emeritus editor. He was made an Officer of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday honours list in 2013.
His recent research involves examining policy for the future of tobacco control; the ethics of public health interventions; how health and medical issues are covered in the news media; the sociology of community panics about wind farms; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy. In 2016 he is completing a book Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease.