Weekly Space Hangout: May 5, 2021 – Dr. Ronald Mallett, Professor Emeritus, UConn

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This week we aired Fraser’s prerecorded interview with Dr. Ronald Mallett, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Ron received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. In 1975 he joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. His research interests include black holes, general relativity, quantum cosmology, and relativistic astrophysics. As part of his research, Ron has hypothesized that a rotating ring laser could, via frame dragging, sufficiently twist space and time to mimic the conditions inside a rotating Black Hole, potentially allowing a binary message (encoded in a neutrino stream) to be sent back in time. You can learn more about the theory behind Ron’s hypothesis in this January 2020 Popular Mechanics article.

Prof. Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in print and broadcast media around the world and has appeared in a feature-length documentary How to Build a Time Machine which won Best Documentary at the 2017 Philip K Dick Film Festival in New York City. The documentary is now available on Amazon Prime.

His published memoir Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and is currently in discussion become a major Hollywood motion picture.

To learn more about Ron and his research, visit his faculty website.

You can also follow Ron on Facebook and Twitter.

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