Dennis Rawlins

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Dennis Rawlins
Born 1937 (age 76–77)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Astronomer, historian

Dennis Rawlins (born 1937) is an American astronomer and historian who has built a reputation as a "professional skeptic" concerning astronomical and other claims. In his first book, Peary at the North Pole: fact or fiction? (1973), he argued that Robert Peary never made it to the North Pole at all. His second book was a catalog of all the stars observed by Tycho Brahe.[1] In 1976, as the only astronomer on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, he looked into and debunked the so-called Mars effect.[2][3] In 1996 he made headlines by publishing a report stating that Richard E. Byrd never managed to reach the North Pole but stopped short 150 miles from the pole.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Rawlins, Dennis (1973). Peary at the North Pole: fact or fiction?. Washington: Robert B. Luce. ISBN 0883310422. 


External links[edit]

  • DIO online, a compendium of several hundred of Rawlins's contributions.
  • Starbaby by Dennis Rawlins, originally published in Fate Magazine, October 1981