Robert Ettinger

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Robert Ettinger (December 4, 1918 – July 23, 2011) was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He spent a significant portion of his life in the Detroit, Michigan area. He attained Master's Degrees in both physics and mathematics. Ettinger was an academic who worked at both Wayne State University and at Highland Park Community College.[1]

Robert Ettinger was an atheist who some consider to be "the father of cryonics" because of the impact of his 1962 book The Prospect of Immortality.[2][3] Evan Cooper was also a founding father of the cryonics movement.[4] Cooper was a very private man and there may be no record of his worldview as far as whether he was an atheist, agnostic or theist.[5] Evan Cooper abandoned the cryonics movement after he felt that the extension of life through cryonics would not be achievable in his lifetime.[6] See: Atheism and cryonics

According to The Cryonics Society:

Ettinger's reflections on the work of Rostand and other scientists led him to collect his ideas on cryonics into a book. Doubleday, the publishers, sent a review copy to Mensan Isaac Asimov, who gave it a clean scientific bill of health. The book appeared in nine languages, four editions, and became the bible of the cryonics movement. Ettinger found himself appearing on Time and Newsweek and nationwide TV.[7]

See also


  1. Biography of Robert Ettinger at the Cryonics Institute
  2. "Robert Ettinger". The Telegraph. July 24, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2013. "Despite his Jewish roots, he grew up a determined atheist."
  3. Klein, Bruce (August 13, 2004). "The Father of Cryonics, Robert C. W. Ettinger, Interview with Bruce Klein". Immortality Institute. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  4. Evan Cooper and the cryonics movement
  5. Evan Cooper and the cryonics movement
  6. Evan Cooper and the cryonics movement
  7. A Brain Is A Terrible Thing To Waste Mensans, Cryonics, and The Fight To Extend Human Life by David Pascal, Published in the November/December 2005 issue of Mensa Bulletin