Peter Albert David Singer (born 6 July 1946) is an Australian philosopher, currently a professor of philosophy at Princeton University and at the University of Melbourne. Singer is generally regarded as one the most influential living philosophers, and has been a key figure behind both the animal welfare and the effective altruism movements.
Singer is the recipient of the 2021 Berggruen Prize, sometimes described as "the Nobel Prize for philosophy". The committee praised Singer for reinvigorating utilitarianism both within academia and as a force in the world (Schuessler 2021). Singer announced that he would donate half of the $1 million prize to The Life You Can Save, with the remainder split in a roughly 2:1 ratio between organizations recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators chosen by Singer and organizations recommended by The Life You Can Save chosen by the public on a vote to be held in late 2021 (Singer 2021).