One of the two men who first demonstrated cold fusion – Martin Fleischmann – died yesterday, on August 5, 2012. The major media outlets have not even noticed, but his loss is felt by everyone interested in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions and cold fusion as alternative energy sources.
Martin Fleischmann was born in March of 1927 in Czechoslovakia. At age 11, he and his family moved to England. He went on to receive his PhD from the imperial College London in 1950.
He played a major role in the study of electrochemistry, serving as president of the International Society of Electrochemists, and as professor of electrochemistry at University of Southampton. He received the Royal Society’s award in electrochemistry and thermodynamics.
In 1983 he was working with Stanley Pons at the University of Utah. The two men observed a nuclear reaction at low temperatures in some of their experiments. This was not even thought possible, but if it was true, a new energy source had been discovered. Rushed into public announcements by the University of Utah, Fleischmann and Pons demonstrated their device. Other scientists were unable to duplicate the results of Fleischmann and Pons, and therefore, denounced their results.
Since then, cold fusion and LENR have continued to be researched by scientists who observed the original demonstration by Fleischmann and Pons. One of them, Andrea Rossi, has a LENR device already on the market, with others in the certification stage. Cold fusion and LENR has survived over the decades, vindicating the work of Martin Fleischmann.
On August 3, 2012, Martin Fleischmann died of natural causes. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
Fleischmann never got to purchase a LENR device for his home, because certification for this device is about 1 year away. But, the inspiration he provided for the science community continues to multiply, just as the energy production through cold nuclear reaction multiplies.