Dr Yevgeny Podkletnov
A literal transliteration
of Podkletnov's first name would be "Evgeny", but in English language publications he has used the Anglophone equivalent, "Eugene", and we follow that practice here. () is a Russian
engineer, formerly affiliated with the Materials Science
Department at the Tampere University of Technology
, who is best known for his controversial work on a so-called gravity shielding
device. Born in Russia in the mid-1950s, Podkletnov graduated with a master's degree from the University of Chemical Technology, Mendeleyev Institute, in Moscow; he then spent 15 years at the Institute for High Temperatures in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Later he received a doctorate in materials science from Tampere University of Technology, and worked at the university, on superconductors
, until 1996.
Podkletnov's gravity shielding experiments
According to the account Podkletnov gave to reporter Charles Platt
in a 1996 phone interview, during a 1992 experiment with a rotating superconducting disk,
- Someone in the laboratory was smoking a pipe, and the pipe smoke rose in a column above the superconducting disc. So we placed a ball-shaped magnet above the disc, attached to a balance. The balance behaved strangely. We substituted a nonmagnetic material, silicon, and still the balance was very strange. We found that any object above the disc lost some of its weight, and we found that if we rotated the disc, the......