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Mallett in his UConn office writing a key equation of his theory
Recent Articles and Broadcasts
"Dr. Ronald Mallett and Time Travel "
by by THNKR-Change Your Mind - July 16, 2012
"Time Travel "
by Host: John DeSalvo - December 27, 2011
"Doc Mallett: The Time of His Life"
by Rick Stelnick - October 27, 2011
Conversations from Penn State
"Time Traveler "
by Host: Patty Satalia - February 7, 2011
"Time Travel "
by Producer: Eugene Botha, Presenter: Chantal Rutter - June 20, 2010
Is Time Travel Possible? Penn State Abington Considers the Possibility
by Nancy McCann
- February 21, 2010
Renowned Professor Brings Time Travel to Penn State Abington
by Mike Morsch,
Executive Editor - January 29, 2010
NBC "Today Show"
"Is Time Travel Possible? A Look at the Science That Might Make Time Travel a Reality"
by NBC's Keith Miller reports - September 9, 2009
The Today Show examines the possibility of time travel and the scientific advancements that make such travel a reality.
ABC "Good Morning America" Father's Day broadcast
"Time Travel: Fantasy or Science?"
by John Berman and Wonbo Woo - June 21, 2009
Physicist builds time machine to save his father's life.
- National Science Foundation newsletter
"A Son's Quest for Time Travel"
by Dana Cruikshank - June 2009
Growing up in New York City in the 1950s, Ronald Mallett idolized his father, a
television repair man and amateur inventor who sparked young Ron’s curiosity
about the world. “He was the most important thing in my life, my entire
universe,” Mallett recalled in a National Public Radio interview in 2007.
Tragically, Mallett’s father died suddenly at the age of 33 from a heart attack,
devastating 10-year-old Ron. Shortly after that loss, however, a comic book
adaptation of HG Wells’ classic “The Time Machine” inspired Ron and set him on a
life-long quest--if time travel was possible, he would build a time machine, go
back in time and warn his father about his heart condition.
Despite the barriers African-American students faced at the time, Mallett earned a doctorate in physics
from Pennsylvania State University and became a tenured faculty member at the University of
Connecticut. Over the years, while Mallett engaged in research on black holes, general relativity and
other facets of theoretical physics, he continued quietly working on the concept of time travel,
receiving NSF support for his work. Eventually he published a paper that built on the work of Einstein
and others, and raised the possibility of using light to bend time--a process which could, theoretically
at least, allow for time travel.
Recently, director Spike Lee acquired the rights to produce a feature film version of Mallett’s published
memoir, “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality” (Basic Books,
2007), co-authored with Bruce Henderson and published around the world. While Mallett continues
making contributions to physics, thanks to his father’s inspiration, his own life inspires others.
- The Boston Phoenix
by Mike Miliard - November 14, 2008
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald L. Mallett had a secret. Now it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
"Spike Lee To Shoot Biopic On UConn Professor"
by Grace E. Merritt - July 12, 2008
Imagine picking up the phone and Spike Lee's on the line
and he's telling you he wants to make a movie about your life.
Not just a small, arty film, but a major motion picture.
That's exactly what happened to Ron Mallett, a University of
Connecticut physics professor who has developed a theory for
time travel that could be a blueprint for a real time machine.
Penn State Altoona News
"Spike Lee Acquires Film Rights to Book Written by
- June 25, 2008
"Spike Lee to Base New Movie on Physics Professor's
by Cindy Weiss - June 23, 2008
"Spike Lee Wants to be a 'Time Traveler'"
by Elisabeth Rappe - June 18, 2008
"Spike Lee takes on 'Time Traveler'"
by Michael Fleming - June 17, 2008
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Time Traveler: A Spike Lee Film
(2001 - 2007)
No. 45 - page 51
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"Rescue for Superman"
by Bettina Gartner
A professor of theoretical physics, Ronald L. Mallett,
wants to travel with a time machine into the past and
visit his dead father.
- CNN International
28 September 2007
Adrian Finighan's interview of Ronald L. Mallett
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complete interview on YouTube
- The Daily Express
25 August 2007 (
"If I Could Turn Back the Clock"
article written by Judy Finnigan of London's
Richard and Judy Show about their recent interview
of Ronald Mallett on August 15: "A few days ago
we interviewed a time traveller on our C4 show. Not
literally - at least not yet. He is a highly respected
American Professor of Physics at the University of
Connecticut - one of the first black Americans to
ever receive a doctorate in this subject. He is a
fascinating man, a mesmerising talker. He is also
convinced he has cracked the theory of time travel."
Steve Wright show
24 August 2007
- BBC Radio 4 Today
17 August 2007
Dr. Ronald Mallet tells us about his life's ambition:
to make time travel a reality
- Richard and Judy, Channel 4
15 August 2007
Professor Ronald Mallett joined Richard
and Judy to tell his inspiring story of an
ordinary boy who went to extraordinary lengths to
try and save the best friend he'd ever known - his
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
August 8, 2007
Developing Time Travel
Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Conn., Dr. Ron
Mallett shared his research into time travel. His
interest in developing a time machine was brought
about by the early death of his father and his desire
to go back into the past and see him. Mallett's concept
for a time machine centers around the idea that a
circulating beam of light can cause a twisting of
space and time, looping the past and future together.
BBC Worldwide Sci/Tech News
7 August 2007
(Archived BBC Radio
Radio Interview with Neil Bowlden
"Bid to Build a Time Machine"
BBC Video Sci-Tech
American scientist Professor Ronald Mallett has
recently published in the UK
his memoir "The Time Traveller" about his bid to build
a time machine.
BBC World Service
6 August 2007
"The Dream of Time Travel"
News article written by Neil Bowdler, BBC News,
From HG Wells to the latest Big Brother challenge,
time travel has sparked the popular imagination. Now,
an American scientist has broken his silence about
his dream of time travel, with a book documenting
his life-long struggle to build a time machine
28 July 2007
"The Real Life Doctor Who who Believes He can Build
a Time Machine"
News article written by Michael Hanlon
"How to Build a Working Time Machine"
Essay written by Ronald L. Mallett
"The power to go back and change all those mistakes
you've made can be yours"
Popular Science - UK (popularscience.co.uk)
Interview of Ronald Mallett by Brian Clegg
"Ronald Mallett is professor of physics at the
University of Connecticut. In his book, The Time
Traveller, he describes his motivation to become
involved in science, and his fascinating work that
may have brought him close to practical time travel."
NPR: "To The Best of our Knowledge"
(USA National Public
Audio interview by Anne Strainchamps - April
- Laser Institute of America, Northeast Chapter
Recap of meeting of the Laser Institute
of America's Northeast Regional Chapter
featuring special guest speaker, Ronald Mallett, professor
of Theoretical Physics at University of Connecticut.
Dr. Mallett is a noted lecturer and author on the
subject of Time Travel. He has written a very easy
to read and elegant book on the subject called "Time
Traveler". "The interesting connection ... is that
he is actively involved in researching circulating,
high-power laser light (ring lasers) and its potential
applications to time travel... Kudos to the chapter
organizers for delivering a meeting that was both
interesting and thought provoking".
by Lareen Belleville - March, 2007
- Smithsonian Magazine Online
The Wishful Thinker: A column that asks scientists,
"Are we there yet?"
"DeLorean Tremens" - Hold onto
your flux capacitors, time machines have nearly arrived
by Eric Jaffe - March, 2007
- New Haven Register
hopes to see time travel in near future"
by Abram Katz, Register Science Editor - February
NPR: "This American Life"
Radio Broadcast) January 26-28, 2007
Photo by Daniel Buttrey
| Reporter Josh Gleason
and producer Sarah Koenig interview Ron Mallett
for "This American Life"
Episode #324: "My Brilliant Plan"
[click here for:
free streaming of broadcast]
Josh Gleason reports TAL Episode #324:
"My Brilliant Plan" (23 minutes):
Ron Mallett was ten years old when his father
died unexpectedly of a heart attack. A year
later, after picking up a comic book based on
H.G. Wells' book, "The Time Machine",
Ron concocted perhaps the world's most complicated
plan to try to see his dad again. A half century
later, Dr. Ronald Mallett wrote a book about
his plan, called "Time Traveler: A Scientist's
Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality".
"On The Long Road To Making Time Travel A Future Reality"
by William Weir - November 14, 2006
Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell
(Live Radio Broadcast)
Interview on Time Travel - November 12, 2006
UConn professor of physics Ron Mallett talked
with Art Bell for three hours on his late night
radio show. Discussed was what science has to say
about the real possibility of traveling into the past
and the future. Dr. Mallett also shared his ideas
on time travel as well as his concept for a time machine
based on Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Click for show downloads/streams available
to C2C members
New Scientist Magazine - November
Turning Point: Back to My Future" by Ronald
- Ivy Leaf, the Penn State Altoona magazine
"Paradox Lost", Fall 2006
Penn State - Altoona News - November 7,
"Time Travel Author to Present Lecture"
"Physicist's New Book Recounts Personal Quest For
by Kenneth Best - November 6, 2006
of Science Fiction"
Premiere on The Science Channel - August 6,
A new documentary on the uncanny visions of science
fiction writers, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Dr.
Ronald Mallett appears in the segment on "The
Time Machine" by H.G. Wells.
Boston Museum of Science
podcast audio interview
by Adam Weiss - May 5, 2006
Newsweek - May 1,
From Time To Time" [jpeg]
by Mary Carmichael
The Drudge Report
"Professor Predicts Human Time Travel This Century"
by Lisa Zyga - April 4, 2006
- Astronomy magazine
Cover article on time travel:
"Is Time on Our Side?"
by Richard Talcott - page 32
Editorial: "Traveling in Space and Time"
by David J. Eicher - page 6
University of North Carolina
by Dan Nonte - February 7, 2006
Hartford's Sport And Medical Sciences Academy
June, 2005 Graduation Keynote Speaker
National Gallery for America's Young Inventors
May, 2005 Induction Ceremony
Akron Beacon Journal
"Build a Time Machine?"
by Paula Schleis - April 24, 2005
First Time Machine"
USA Premiere on The Learning Channel - December
This is the popular 2003 BBC documentary
directed by Ben Bowie which features Dr. Ronald
Mallett in a remarkable presentation of some
of his current time travel research.
"The World's First Time Machine" has since been
shown numerous times on The Science Channel.
Wall Street Journal
"Physicists Are Looking At How We Might Take A Trip
by Sharon Begley - November 21, 2003
- The Associated Press
"UConn Professor on Quest to Prove Time Travel Possible"
by Kurt Moffett - September 12, 2003
"The Serious Side of Time Travel"
by Guy Harrison - June 13, 2003
The Hartford Advocate
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"Time Travelin' Man"
Will UConn physicist Ronald Mallett
build the first time machine?
by Alistair Highet - Aug 22, 2002
- UConn Radio (Audio
"Time Travel in Our Time?"
Audio interview by J. Hughes - June, 2002
New Haven Register
"Ahead of His Time"
by Abram Katz, Register Science Editor - May 21, 2002
Christian Science Monitor
"A circulating beam of light as a way to time travel"
by Mary Kuhl - May 16, 2002
- The Crimson
by Elizabeth F. Maher - April 11, 2002
The Village Voice
"What Time Is It There?" by Dennis Lim - April, 2002
"A Brief History of Time Travel"
Audio lecture by Ronald L. Mallett - April 5, 2002
Boston Museum of Science
Audio presentation of invited lecture
"A Brief History of Time Travel" - April 5, 2002
- The Boston Globe
"Professor's time travel idea fires up the imagination"
by David Abel - April 5, 2002
- The Hartford Courant
"Moving Time With Light" by Grace E. Merritt - July
- USA Today: Wonderquest with April Holladay
- June 20, 2001
- Rolling Stone: "Hot Theory: Time Travel"
- April 30, 2001
New Scientist Magazine - May 19, 2001
"Time Twister" by Michael Brooks
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