Professor Ronald Mallett Wants to Build a Time Machine in this Century … and He’s Not Kidding

Time travel. Since Einstein formulated his special theory of relativity, we have known that it is theoretically possible, even if popular notions of time travel have deteriorated slightly from the august H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine to… well, Hot Tub Time Machine. Which is to say that few people—lay or professional—take the concept very seriously anymore. But University of Connecticut Professor Dr. Ronald Mallett still believes, and he has sought to realize his dream of making time travel possible in this century by infiltrating the scientific profession, becoming a respected theoretical physicist, then braving the ridicule and opprobrium, or at least disagreement, of his colleagues to begin work on a time machine.

In the video above, Dr. Mallett describes his experience of “risking professional suicide,” and physical pain, to work out his ideas. Since coming out, so to speak, as a proponent of time travel, Mallett published a memoir in 2006, Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. It’s both a description of his fifty years of scientific work toward his project Space-time Twisting by Light (STL) and a moving personal narrative of growing up under segregation, losing his father at a young age, and becoming one of the first African American theoretical physicists.

Spike Lee has acquired the film rights to his memoir (though the project seems to be stalled), and Mallett has told his story on This American Life, CNN, and in speaking tours around the country. Whether Mallett’s enthusiasm will translate into reality remains to be seen, but his passion for Einstein’s predictions is infectious and illuminating.

The video comes from a new series from THNKR called EPIPHANY, a “daily series inviting impassioned thought leaders across all disciplines to reveal the innovative, the improbable, and the unexpected of their worlds.” Each week is devoted to a new “thought leader.” Visit the EPIPHANY channel to view the rest of Dr. Mallett’s “revelations.”

Another online source for information, the Cassiopeia Project, claims to “make science simple.” In the video below, learn the basics of time travel and special relativity.

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  • bidbox says:

    I love this guy.

  • David Gap says:

    Ronald Mallett now needs $300,000 and 10 more years to get his machine built to even test the idea. Marshall Barnes is now in first place with his Verdrehung Fan(TM) and is demonstrating it in schools and on the lecture circuit. Watch for announcements about this. It’s already warping space the way Mallett wants to, it just has to get enough power to warp time as well. Check out the web site for the ongoing story .

  • Mohamed says:

    I want to donate please

  • Matthew mallett says:

    Send a message in a Satalite ,rush it through space at light speed & programe it to come back to earth in 5years time ,and the Satalites future time on Arrival back to earth will be 500 years from now!, Messages from our past might change our future in order to change our short future we have now!?.

  • Matthew mallett says:

    Anything on earth with the gravity we have and our pressures wont change anything ,but space time in space using satelites and remote programming will allow a message to travel at light speed !, ,and to return.

  • stefan says:

    Alien exist they talk to me every day only if you in contact througt there radars you can time travel

  • Corbin says:

    Look at all the important things invented, most people thought they were crazy ideas and would never work for example the light bulb. We’re only early in technology by using electricity there is so much more to come from it!

  • Arindam Dasgupta says:

    Sir, iwant to be a volintier for your research project. My mother died due to doctor’s wrong decision; on 16-june-2013.
    I shall do what ever you say all i need is to go back to the year 2006; Location: INDIA to save my mother

  • Tabish says:

    Best of Luck for Real Working Time Machine. GPS System is one of the major invention of humans and I hope time machine will be major breakthrouh invention for humans.

  • premiunhack says:

    What about paradox interspace thingy if you realy built this time machine you beter travel to year 2099

  • premiunhack says:

    is it posibble to talk to our self from the past? I mean time machine might have been a Goverment secret project

  • MA says:

    I would like to participate. i would like to go back to 198? Maybe i can change my view of life, be more positive, happier. Get away from certain family members that are negative. Change a few events that gave me depression,insomnia, anorexia, self hate, and anxiety. Break the cycle. Hopefully its not genetic. I’m good for the MOST part Now but things linger or triggers. I should be happier and i am successful. I think its genetic but it would be a good test.Comes from both sides of the family, so maybe removing me from the environment i would change some points of views of current my life.

  • Kwamla says:

    This is impressive, creative and original. We all know it can’t be easy as a Black Physics Professor to come up with and propose such theories for acceptance in an all predominately white male dominated science arena…

  • Dennis Arjona says:

    To Mr. Malett,n Sir,im the one who believe in the time machine. Even the bible mentioned in the old testament was stop. The bible and the study of science are not against each other,if the science turn into a fact.n n -im the one observer and thinking the time can manipulate. I watch the video regarding to the study of the time machine. One of my fucos of attention is regarding the BLACK HOLE..its not true that the black is the same,mean it is turning in a very high speed of light.n -Here is my theory reagarding of black hole if its turn in a speed light,its form it like a cone or triangular form.n -Just we think for a while, that the pyramid,is also in a quadrangular form and if we look at it in a one side,it is triangular form,and the pyramid preserve artifacts millions years ago and up to the future. And i think because of the rotation of the earth,and its produced a cosmic energy to preserve. n -im thinking that if you try to build a rotating pyramid and the speed is almost the speed light,theres a posibilities that the pyramid,produce a lot of cosmic energy going to the past or going to the future and it is turning clockwise or counterclockwise.n -Some people believe in a myth about the triangular medallion with one eye..n -My conlusion,there is possibilities for my observation and analysis and theorytical study regarding to the time machine,that man can go back to the past,and they can go to the future by manipulating the time space. n -Thank you Sir,and more power.

  • Dennis C. Arjona says:

    Im confident to say that the possibilities are in beyond. And i believe also that my theory turn into the fact. Sometimes,im thinking that if theres a airplane machine and put pyramid built in,and i think its reproduce many cosmic enery. And i think its works. But unfortunately,i have no budget to do my idea regarding on that. And you have capabilities to do that,im sharing my theorytical analysis. n -Hoping that my analysis and observation, one day is the focus of your study, and hoping that inform me for the results. nnIm would like to look forward and for the future. nnMr. Dennis C. ArjonanPhilippines

  • Time machine is my dream and I am also working on time machine experiment for example velocity increasin the time slow but so many theories r telling the time machine tru

  • The science can do everything and man can do everything

  • Deepak says:

    I want to participate in time machine development. I want to be part in this development. Please contact me on the email address.

  • David Gap says:

    Anyone supporting Mallett had better read this first –

    First of all, he needs at least 6.5 million dollars to build his machine. He’s gotten $11,000 over the last 7 years or so. Second, many experts have found problems with his design, including one of his former supporters, Marshall Barnes. Third, Marshall Barnes already has built a working machine that’s opening micro wormholes. It took him two years to do it and there’s a documentary in the works about it.

    Ronald Mallett has been a well meaning scientist but he doesn’t have the ability to deliver on the hype.

  • Brad says:

    Creating computer program with possibility to test all theories with information about all physical laws and good IQ will increase chance that time machine machine will be created.

  • Leon Henderson Jr says:

    I need someone to build and bring me the time machine with days, months and years on it so I can fix my life and fix mistake I made so I can continue on Celebration with my handsome face and my skinny body. I need Help. Please. If you do, Call my contact on my cellphone number on 313-723-8768 or just 723-8768. I need some help, ok? later.

  • Leon Henderson Jr says:

    Think about it.

  • Leon Henderson Jr says:

    Tell Dr, Ronald L Mallett I need help by tell him to call my
    cellphone number on 313-723-8768 or just 723-8768, ok? See ya.

  • Enigma says:

    My case is not much different from Leon Henderson Jr but I would like to safe somebody’s life without any profit for me.
    My mother’s colleague has died in only 34 by liver cancer. She left there family and husband (no information about him since funeral). She could have children. Very depressing. Is possible to fix this broken time line at least by sending right message back in time? I would like to make hundreds people happier. I would not have any profit from this operation. Should I contact Prof. Mallett directly?

  • Beatrix Szokola says:

    I would like to go back in time to when this article was published: on July 20th, 2012. Maybe a little earlier: 2011 april 2nd. I have contacted Dr Mallett already; he has not completed the project yet. But better yet, we need to go back to 1994 jun 16th when I came to the US. But even better: I want to go back in time to 1970 May 7th and tell my Mom the lottery numbers: 1970 19th week: 8,47,65,77,88. Then she moves to her grandparents and then she goes to art school. She does not have a brother because he was painful to lose. Her parents stay together. She chooses a different husband and this way I have a different father. I unwrap the umbilical cord off my neck so I am born the natural way. So she does not get hep C infection. She has my brother and two more kids. We live in a beautiful house. In 1982 we save my grandfather by taking him to the states for carotid artery surgery. Then we save her sister by taking her to the states. I start dance, painting, piano, violin, playing tennis, claywork. My Mom and I are happy with our nice family. So we have to go back to 5-7-1970. That is the optimal time.

  • Joseph Gibson says:

    When will Dr. Mallet ever receive the money to build the time machine? One more thing, everyone needs to stop calling this man mr. He earned his props, so call the man Dr. Or Professor because he has worked to hard to be called mister. Show the man some respect.

  • Joseph Gibson says:

    Marshall did as you say, he probably stole it from Professor Mallet. He did work with Professor Mallet didn’t he?

  • David Gap says:

    Here’s the latest about Ronald Mallett – the FTC has shut down his partners at World Patent Marketing (see ) and his fund raising scheme Time Travel X. The whole thing was a fraud –

  • Jashpal Dabhi says:


  • Jaden Julius Mascarenhas says:

    Professor Millet i would like to help you in any means possible in your project i would like to go back in time not to bring back someone from the death or etc.i would only like to relive at a point in my past again at a you would be helping more then you realise 😢

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