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Mark Eberhart

Biography:

Dr. Mark Eberhart is the author of Why Things Break and Feeding the Fire. At age 16 Mark enrolled in at the University of Colorado where he received both a BS with majors in chemistry and applied mathematics and a MS in physical biochemistry. In 1979 he applied and was accepted to MIT as a Ph.D. candidate studying Materials Science and Engineering.

At the same time that Mark was preparing for his move to Boston, the Iranian revolution was in full swing and gasoline in the US was in short supply. Undeterred by the uncertainty, Mark placed six five-gallon cans full of gas next to his other possessions in the rented U-Hall and headed east. This trip seeded an interest in energy science and policy that never faded. Four years later Mark received his PhD and was one of a handful of scientist attempting to understand fracture at the quantum mechanical level.

The pursuit took him from MIT to Los Alamos National Laboratory and from there to the premier university for engineering in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado School of Mines, where he is now a professor teaching chemistry and materials science. He is a consultant to NOVA and a popular speaker giving presentations as diverse as the role of science in society, to Boston's Great Molasses Disaster and other failures that have shaped engineering, science, and technology.

Past Shows:

James Earl Ray & the MLK Assassination

During the first three hours, the brother of convicted Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray, John Larry Ray joined historian Lyndon Barsten to present the case that James Earl Ray was set up as a patsy by conspirators within the U.S. govt. FOX 2 News reporter John Auble participated in the first hour of the discussion. Having thoroughly investigated the assassination (which occurred 40 years ago on April 4th), Auble concurred that Ray didn't shoot MLK. He was a "terrible marksman," and additionally, witnesses to the assassination turned up dead or were sent to psychiatric hospitals, he said. Further, John Larry Ray was railroaded into prison because he knew too much about his brother's covert life, Barsten contended. Ray is determined to right a 40-year wrong, clear his brother's name, and begin to get at the truth of who really killed Dr. King. There is evidence that the CIA was conducting hypnosis/mind control on James Earl Ray to turn him into a "programma ... More »

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