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Ronald L. Mallett

Biography:

Ronald Mallett, Ph.D., is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Connecticut. He is also a member of both the American Physical Society and the National Society of Black Physicists. He has a BS, MS, and PhD in physics from Pennsylvania State University. The oldest of four children, Ron's life changed forever when his beloved father died of a heart attack. The ten-year-old was overwhelmed with grief-until he read a copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. He was determined to make Wells' fantasy a reality by going back in time to see his father.

Remarkably, not only did the boy from the Bronx stick with this vision, becoming one of the country's few African-American Ph.D.'s in theoretical physics, but Mallett has, according to many peers in the field, developed new theories relating to Einstein's general theory of relativity that plausibly argue for the existence of time travel into the past. In addition, Ron's time-travel research has been featured in an hour-long TV special on the Learning Channel, "The World's First Time Machine."

Past Shows:

Time Travel/ Mojave Desert Tales

In the first half, Professor of theoretical physics Ronald Mallett gave an update on his quest to develop a time machine (he was originally inspired to do this after the early death of his father). In the latter half, clairvoyant, and earth mysteries investigator Betsey Lewis discussed her work researching bizarre tales of the Mojave Valley in California including underground tunnels, mysterious geoglyphs, skeletons of giants, and UFO sightings. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Time Travel

Physics Professor Ronald Mallett discussed his breakthrough research on time travel, which is based on Einstein's theories of relativity. "If we can control gravity with a device, then we can actually control time, as well, and that could lead to a machine," he said. First hour guest, Internet privacy and technology expert, Lauren Weinstein, commented on a new kind of electronic tattoo, as well as other technology stories. ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Quest for Time Travel

Professor Ronald Mallett spoke about the feasibility of time travel, overcoming its limitations, and his plans to build a time machine. After the early death of his father, he became obsessed with the idea of creating a time machine so he could go back and see him. He suggested that gravity can be thought of as a medium rather than a force. Black holes control gravity, and if a person was close enough to one, their experience of hours could represent years back on Earth, he explained. His concept for a time machine (see graphic) centers around the idea that a circulating laser beam can cause a twisting of space and time, looping the past and future together. The early stages of such a machine would just be able to send subatomic particles, he noted. Mallett announced that Spike Lee will co-write and direct Time Traveler, a feature film based on his memoir, which chronicles his rise from poverty to distinguished scientist. More on the project here. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Developing Time Travel

Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Conn., Dr. Ron Mallett shared his research into time travel. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Towards a Time Machine

Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Conn., Dr. Ron Mallett shared his concept for a time machine, based on Einstein's two theories of relativity. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

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