Simon Lehna Singh, MBE (born 1st January 1964) is a British physicist, broadcaster and author. His works include: Fermat's Last Theorem (1997); The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (2000); Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (2005); and Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial (with Edzard Ernst, 2008). He has a PhD in particle physics from Cambridge University.
Singh was sued by the British Chiropractic Association in 2009 for arguing in a 2008 newspaper article that the organisation "happily promotes bogus treatments". The case attracted much media attention and led to a campaign by the charity Sense About Science. It also triggered a lengthy series of complaints against the health claims of as many as one in four UK chiropractors. After Singh was granted the right to appeal the original court verdict against him, the BCA dropped the case and the article was re-instated on the website of the Guardian newspaper. The BCA attempted to clarify its reasons for launching the unsuccessful legal action two years later.
- Guardian: 'Beware the spinal trap'. 19th April 2008.
- Sense About Science: 'Keep Libel Laws out of Science'.
- Guardian: 'Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on ropes'. 1st March 2010.
- Guardian: 'Simon Singh libel case dropped'. 1st April 2010.
- Guardian: 'Simon Singh wins libel court battle'. 1st April 2010.
- Guardian: 'Why we sued Simon Singh: the British Chiropractic Association speaks'. Blog post by Edzard Ernst. 22nd February 2012.