Ronald L. Mallett
(born March 3, 1945) is a theoretical physicist
, academic, and author. He has taught physics at the University of Connecticut
since 1975. He is best known for his scientific position on the possibility of time travel
Mallett was born in Roaring Spring
, on March 30, 1945. He lived in The Bronx
, New York City
. When he was 10 years old, his father died at age 33 of a heart attack. Inspired by a Classics Illustrated comic book version of H.G. Wells
' The Time Machine
, Mallett resolved to travel back in time to save his father. This idea became a lifelong obsession.His brother is artist Keith Mallett
In 1973 when he was 28 years old, he received a Ph.D.
from Penn State University
. Also that year, he received the Graduate Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In 1975, he was appointed a job as Assistant Professor
at the University of Connecticut
, where he continues to work today. His research interests include general relativity
, quantum gravity
, and time travel
In 1980, he was promoted to Associate Professor
, and since 1987, he has been a full Professor
. He has received two grants and many other distinctions.
In 2007, his life story of pursuing a time machine
was told on This American Life
, episode #324.
He is a member of both the American Physical Society
and the National Society of Black Physicists