- NORWICH, CT -- Dr. Eugene
Mallove, the tireless spokesperson for integrity and honesty in cold fusion
research, whose persistent efforts finally persuaded the U.S. Department
of Energy to give the phenomenon a second look after 15 years of denial
and stonewalling, was killed in Norwich, CT on 14 May 2004. Few facts are
known, but preliminary information appears that it may have been a robbery
or possibly a landlord-tenant dispute. Local police are still investigating.
There is no word on the identity or motives of the assailant(s) and there
is no evidence currently of a political connection to his murder.
- Dr. Mallove's contributions to Cold Fusion and new energy
research cannot be overstated. His passion for integrity and relentless
search for the truth goes back to 1989 where he resigned from MIT over
manipulation of MIT's test data (to replicate the Pons-Fleischmann experiment)
specifically to discredit Cold Fusion.
- More than anyone, Dr. Mallove was the public face of
Cold Fusion proclaiming at many public appearances the existence of overwhelming
peer-reviewed scientifically based evidence for Cold Fusion. Gene, as he
was known to his friends and colleagues, was courageous when he stood face-to-face
against numerous vocal detractors and skeptics from the mainstream scientific
establishment for over a decade. He tirelessly knocked down every hollow
argument put forward by skeptics with hard data, logic, and solid research
- The author of several books, in 1991, he published "Fire
and Ice", which helped rescue the field of cold fusion from oblivion
when it was publicly banished in the public relations scandals after Pons-Fleischman's
announcement of Cold Fusion in June 1989.
- His greatest accomplishment and legacy will be the 52
bi-monthly magazine issues of Infinite Energy that he founded and edited.
Infinite Energy magazine is a compendium of scientific research into all
branches of unconventional energy research from contributors around the
world. Many of the authors simply couldn't get published elsewhere, but
had the courage and foresight to get most papers peer-reviewed before they
were published. His magazine has thousands of loyal subscribers from over
40 countries including Russia and China. See www.infinite-energy.com.
- Gene traveled to dozens of international conferences,
most of the time at great personal sacrifice simply to network with energy
researchers and benefactors from around the world. He knew nearly everyone
in the unconventional energy community worldwide. Gene has been a champion
of cold fusion for many years highlighted by his organizing last summer's
successful (International Conference on Cold Fusion) ICCF-10 held in Cambridge,
Massachusetts from 24- 29 August 2003. Gene's presence has been the rare
voice of scientific reason in a field filled with many phony claims and
charlatans. See the web page with the experiments at http://www.lenr-canr.org/Experiments.htm.
- Equally significant but perhaps not as well known is
the New Energy Foundation, which he founded with the help of a generous
wealthy anonymous benefactor. The New Energy Foundation has become a science-based
clearinghouse for generating much needed funds for promising energy research
leading to commercialization.
- His latest triumph was to reverse over a decade of ignorance
at Department of Energy by presenting compelling evidence of anomalous
reactions of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). DOE's decision to review
the files on LENR aka Cold Fusion could possibly open a new area of scientific
inquiry that has been closed since 1989. This was a triumph not just for
Gene personally, but for every scientist who spoke as lone voices in large
auditoriums. Gene's voice gave courage to those brave individuals who toiled
in their laboratories, struggling to survive with virtually no funding,
yet many developed innovative ways produce low energy nuclear reactions.
Researchers often put their careers in jeopardy and only approached this
field when retirement was assured.
- Gene tirelessly climbed every mountain with courage and
grace articulating truth in a field meriting serious scientific investigation
of anomalous energy phenomena despite constant criticism from ignorant
skeptics who refused to examine even the best peer-reviewed data. One of
the best examples of his battles was when he reviewed Professor Bob Park's
book "Voodoo Science." This bloody battle was over paradigm shifts
in science revealing the complete ignorance of Bob Park by his refusal
to consider any peer-reviewed data.
- "Gene's vision was of a world with abundant energy
produced without fossil fuel or nuclear waste. It is now up to us to fearlessly
make that vision a reality," is the sentiment of his colleagues who
- NFA grad killed: Science writer Mallove slain in Norwich
- === Boston Globe May 16, 2004
- Police investigate Norwich slaying of N.H. man By Associated
- NORWICH, Conn. (AP) Police are investigating the killing
of a New Hampshire science writer who championed cold fusion.
- Eugene Mallove, 56, of Pembroke, N.H., died late Friday
night after being assaulted at a house owned by his parents, police said.
The family rented out the house.
- Mallove died of injuries to his head and neck, the Norwich
Bulletin reported Sunday. The office of the chief state's medical examiner
ruled the death a homicide.
- Mallove was discovered at the house after police received
a report of an injured person. An initial investigation indicated a robbery
and a fight had taken place, police said. Several unidentified items were
taken and Mallove's minivan was missing.
- His 1993 green Dodge Caravan was found early Saturday
in an employee parking lot at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket.
Police were looking for anyone who saw the minivan after 7 p.m. Friday.
It had several large bumper stickers on the back, including one advertising
his magazine's Web site: www.infinite-energy.com.
- Mallove, who moved from Norwich to Bow, N.H., in 1987
and to Pembroke three years ago, was president of the Concord, N.H.-based
New Energy Institute and editor-in-chief of its magazine, ''Infinite Energy.''
- The magazine's managing editor, who worked with him for
six years, called Mallove the ''most caring and giving person I probably
have ever known a very successful, brilliant man.''
- ''It's hard not to love the things he loves because he's
so passionate,'' Christy Frazier said. ''He touched the lives of everybody
he came in contact with.''
- Mallove, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Harvard
University, was chief science writer at the MIT news office until he left
to champion cold fusion. He also taught science writing at MIT and Boston
- He was the author of several books, including one on
cold fusion that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize: ''Fire and Ice:
Searching for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor.''
- Mallove believed the infamous Pons and Fleishmann announcement
in 1989 that they created nuclear fusion by running an electrical current
through a jar of water was not ''voodoo science,'' but a glimpse into an
interesting topic worth investigating.
- That belief was partly vindicated earlier this year when
the U.S. Department of Energy ordered a panel of scientists to review existing
research on cold fusion to see whether it is worth pursuing.
- ''They are now going to do the right thing. It's over
10 years late, no doubt about that, (and) should have been reviewed a long
time ago ... but this is a breakthrough,'' Mallove said in a recent interview
with The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H.
- ''There is a huge body of positive evidence'' for low-energy
nuclear reactions, he said. ''We have measured tritium (a byproduct of
fusion), measured heat multiple ways. ... There are thousands of papers,
hundreds of which are bulletproof.''
- Mallove's parents, Mitchel and Gladys Mallove, followed
him to New Hampshire in 1988. His father died last year after a long illness,
but he was still caring for his mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, Frazier
- He also was survived by his wife, Joanne; a daughter,
Kimberlyn; a son, Ethan; and one grandson.