A Patron Saint of Time Travel – Part 1

By Angelica R. Hill

Professor Ronald L. Mallett thrived in the nurturing, loving home of his parents, Boyd and Dorothy Mallett.  Ron and his three younger siblings loved their home in a working-class Jewish area of the Bronx, in New York City, NY.

His father, Boyd Mallett, worked as a television repairman when television was a brand-new technology.  He was very well known for his expertise and skill.  Ron enjoys looking at the numerous autographed photographs from movie and Broadway stars of the 1950’s thanking his father for fixing their televisions at a moments notice.  No matter how hard Boyd worked, he always made time for his family.  Ron has very fond memories of working on various scientific and educational projects with his father.

Unfortunately, no one saw what was lurking behind Boyd’s strong, robust persona.  In 1955, the day after his parents’ eleventh wedding anniversary, his father succumbed to a heart attack.  He was only 33 years-old.  The tragic loss sent Ron spiraling into a deep depression.

“To me, it was like the death of Superman” – Professor Ronald L. Mallett

In 1956, a picture on the front of a Classic illustrated comic caught his eye.  A sharp dressed man hovered above the city on a contraption consisting of interlocking vertical and horizontal circles.  One of the authors featured in the comic was H.G. Wells.  H.G. Wells’ story, The Time Machine would prove to be his saving grace.  The Time Traveler’s maxim and basis for his time machine is described in the following quote from the first chapter of The Time Machine

“Scientific people know very well that time is only a kind of space.  We can move forward and backward in time just as we can move forward and backward in space”.  – H.G. Wells, The Time Traveler

The eleven-year-old had an epiphany!  If he could build a time machine, just like the one on the front of the comic, then he might be able to go back in time and try to persuade his father to stop smoking so heavily and working so hard.(Langley, 2015)

The determined young boy was able to build a physical replica of the illustrated time machine using items gathered from a junk yard.  Sadly, it did not work.  He didn’t let this discourage him; Instead, it would become a lifelong obsession.

The future theoretical physicist soon realized that he would have to learn more about science to even begin to bring his dream to fruition.  He began poring over all the scientific books he could find.  Through these endeavors, he discovered the German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein.  The following quote by Albert Einstein has been a life motto for Ron:   

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited but imagination encircles the world” – Albert Einstein

Please continue reading for an in-depth account of Professor Mallett’s distinguished career and work.

 

 

 

References

Langley, H. (2015, November 02). This man is closer than ever to building the world’s first time machine. Retrieved from TechRadar: http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/future-tech/this-man-is-closer-than-ever-to-building-the-world-s-first-time-machine-1308032

zoominfo. (n.d.). Retrieved from www.zoominfo.com: https://www.zoominfo.com/p/Boyd-Mallett/226634922