Humanist Heroes

Rob BuckmanRobert Alexander Amiel "Rob" Buckman (August 22, 1948 – October 9, 2011) was a British-Canadian doctor of medicine, comedian and author, and past president of the Humanist Association of Canada.

Dr-Robert BuckmanHe first appeared in a Cambridge University Footlights Revue in 1969, and subsequently presented several television and radio programmes about medicine, as well as appearing on comedy programmes such as Just a Minute. He was also the author of many popular books on medicine.

Buckman emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1985. In 1994 Buckman was named Canada’s Humanist of the Year. He was a signer of Humanist Manifesto 2000. He was Chair of the Advisory Board on Bioethics of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. His main popular work in humanism was Can We Be Good Without God? Biology, Behaviour and the Need to Believe.

In 2006 he began writing a weekly column in the Globe and Mail.

Rob died in his sleep while flying from London to Toronto on October 9, 2011.

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