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2005 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ronald Mallett




Ronald MallettRon Mallett with Cardboard Likeness
Dr. Mallett with his cardboard portrait.

About Dr. Ron Mallett:

Dr. Ronald Mallett is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and currently teaches as a full professor at the University of Connecticut. In 1973 he received his doctorate in General Physics from Pennsylvania State University. He has published in the areas of classic and quantum theory of black holes, relativistic astrophysics, and quantum cosmology.

Dr. Ronald Mallett first dreamed about building a time machine as a boy, after reading H.G. Wells's classic novel The Time Machine. Dr. Mallett, along with a team of physicists nationwide, has plans for the world's first time machine. They have generated a great deal of attention from their work in relativity and gravitation as it relates to time travel. Dr. Mallett presented these theories when he was recently featured in an hour-long documentary on relativity on The Learning Channel.

His blueprint takes off from Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which states that anything with mass or energy distorts the space and time around it. Did you know that clocks on Earth run slower than clocks far out in space because Earth's enormous mass slows time? Light is a form of energy that can bend space and time. Dr. Mallett thinks he can distort time with narrow beams of high-energy light: lasers. Some lasers can create conditions as hot as the center of the sun.

Mallett hopes to build a time machine from an intensely powerful laser ring - a narrow beam of high-energy light that is reflected by a series of mirrors to form a loop of light. The ring would stir that space and time inside it like water in a whirlpool. Mallett will test his time machine with a type of subatomic particle, perhaps a neutron. When the laser ring is activated, a neutron shot into the loop of light might disappear and then reappear at some time in the past. He foresees a day when his time machine will receive messages from the future.


Dr. Mallett's Web Site


  Dr. Ronald Mallett

Dr. Mallett Arrives in Akron

Dr. Mallett in Time Machine Car

Closing Dinner - 2006 Induction

Time Traveler   Dr. Mallett at 2006 Induction of National Gallery for Young Inventors

June 16, 2008

by Dr. Ronald Mallett with Bruce Henderson

"New York, NY - Film rights to TIME TRAVELER by Dr. Ronald Mallett with Bruce Henderson -- the inspiring memoir by one of America's first African American Ph.D.'s in theoretical physics who has discovered the basic equations for a working time machine -- have been acquired by director Spike Lee's production company, Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Inc. The Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated Lee will co-write the script and direct.

TIME TRAVELER: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (Basic Books) is the compelling and touching story of a man whose deep childhood trauma -- at age ten the sudden death of his father -- drove him on a quest to build a time machine in an attempt to go back in time to save his father. In telling his story, Mallett explains in "easy-toread" (Publishers Weekly) language and elegant metaphors the physics that makes time travel possible -- based on Einstein's theories of relativity -- and offers what New Scientist's editor Michael Brooks calls an "actual blueprint for a time machine." The title has been reprinted in Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Kirkus Reviews found TIME TRAVELER an "inspiring blend of personal narrative and scientific exploration," and the London Daily Mail said of Mallett: "In pursuit of his seemingly impossible goal, he has overcome poverty and prejudice to become one of only a handful of topflight black physicists in the United States."

Spike Lee recently finished filming Miracle at St. Anna, based on the novel that follows members of the U.S. Army's 92nd Division of all-black buffalo soldiers during World War II as they become trapped between forces beyond their control and between different worlds. Regarding TIME TRAVELER, Lee says: "I'm elated to have acquired the rights to a fantastic story on many levels, but also a father-and-son saga of loss and love."

Mallett received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for United Technologies from 1973-5, and in 1975 joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he has been a professor of theoretical physics ever since. Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in the media around the world, including NPR's This American Life, and the History Channel, Science Channel and Learning Channel. Mallett resides in East Hartford, Connecticut."

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