The Passing of Dr. Martin Fleischmann
Martin and Sheila Fleischmann at the River Barn,
Tisbury, England, May 2010. (Photo: Marianne Macy)
Stanley Pons, Marvin Hawkins and Martin Fleischmann, 1989. (Photo: University of Utah)
Martin Fleischmann, 2009. (Photo: Alison Godfrey)
Martin Fleischmann, 1990. (Photo: University of Utah)
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of cold fusion pioneer Dr. Martin Fleischmann on August 3. He died at the age of 85 in the comfort of his home in Salisbury, England, with his family by his side.
Dr. Fleischmann was educated at Imperial College (London) and was for many years the professorial Chair in Electrochemistry at the University of Southampton (England). In 1986, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society, an honor given to only the most distinguished scientists. Fittingly, he was awarded the Palladium Medal by the U.S. Electrochemical Society in 1985—four years before he and Stanley Pons’ work on cold fusion with palladium was announced at the University of Utah. Dr. Fleischmann published over 200 scientific papers.
A full memorial obituary, with remembrances from many of Fleischmann's friends and colleagues, will appear soon on our site and in Issue 105 of the magazine.
Read our 1996 interview with Dr. Fleischmann. Also read his paper for Infinite Energy special issue 24 (celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Fleischmann-Pons announcement). Read about Fleischmann's acceptance of the Toyoda Medal at ICCF15 in 2009.
Watch video of Martin Fleischmann on the New Energy Foundation's
Fleischmann and Pons on "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour", March 1989
Fleischmann and Pons on KSLTV News Show (Salt Lake City), December 1989
Fleischmann Presentation at American Chemical Society Meeting, October