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UConn “Time Travel” Professor Ronald Mallett To Speak
At Hartford’s Sport And Medical Sciences Academy Graduation
Released: June 22, 2005

Release #05045
Michael Kirk (860) 486-0715
(UConn Media Relations)

David Bauman (860) 486-5627
(UConn Media Relations)

HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Connecticut physics professor Ronald Mallett will speak at the graduation ceremonies of the Academy of Sport and Medical Sciences, a Hartford magnet school, on Friday, June 24.

Mallett has gained notoriety for his work in the area of general relativity, or time travel, which he believes is possible. The root of Mallett’s interest in time travel can be traced to when he was 10 years old and his father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 33. Mallett had just finished reading H.G. Wells’ novel “The Time Machine,” and remained fascinated with the idea he could go back in time to save his father. Mallett’s research is not grounded in fiction, but rather in mathematical theories. The reality of his work will disappoint those with visions of visiting the age of dinosaurs or long extinct civilizations, if time travel becomes reality, the device would be able to send matter only as far back as the time the device itself was invented. His first goal is to send subatomic particles back in time.

 Mallett earned his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1973 and worked as a scientist for United Technologies Research Laboratories before becoming a faculty member at UConn in 1975. His research interests also include gravitation, black holes, relativistic astrophysics, and quantum cosmology.

He notes that after the death of his father, his family went from being middle class to being “very, very poor” and it was by no means guaranteed that his life would follow the successful path it has. Mallett will encourage students to strive for success and discuss his life and work during his speech to graduates and parents.

  “It is an honor to be asked to speak at academy’s graduation ceremonies,” said Mallett. “It is always a pleasure to speak to students, no matter what their age, because they embody such a sense of hope and promise. I am particularly excited to speak to the students and families associated with the academy, who are from the City of Hartford and surrounding towns. All the students and their families should be very proud of themselves and their education.”

“I personally approached Dr. Mallett due to the fact that both his work and dedication to science is simply incredible,” said April Huckaby, director of student activities and an Advanced Placement English teacher at the academy. “Professor Mallet's work in general relativity and gravitation as well as his vision and theoretical work on time travel made this selection an obvious one. Professor Mallett not only reflects the professional that one can strive to become but the human being that we should all hope to be. UConn is very fortunate to have him.”

The graduation will take place in the Black Box Theatre at the Learning Corridor in Hartford at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Mallett will speak at approximately 6:30, following remarks from the salutatorian, valedictorian and Hartford School’s Superintendent Robert Henry.

For more about the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, visit: http://www.sportandmedicalsciences.org/

For more about Professor Ronald Mallett, visit: http://www.phys.uconn.edu/faculty/mallett.html


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