Pioneers of Cold Fusion/LENR - help wanted.

  • It has been suggested that since the 'Who's Who 2019' list of active LENR groups and individuals is already proving to be useful, I create a more history-based document looking right back to the origins of the field and listing its deceased contributors.. A 'Who Was Who' in fact. Since the history is long, and the information not always easy to find I (and Shane) would be most appreciative if anyone would care to help by posting suggestions for entries into this thread. Shane and I will create a master document incorporating all appropriate suggestions. The idea is to capture a little of this history before it's all gone.


    Would be very helpful if rather than just suggesting names you could create the briefest of biographies, like the example given here. These can be expanded to include more detail as time allows. The format is simple. as you can see, and the length? no more than 150 words please.


    Paneth. Friedrich (Fritz) Adolf. PhD, FRS. 1887- 1958. Chemist, expert on metal hydrides. In 1927 published a paper with Kurt Peters (later retracted) on transmutation of hydrogen into helium. Career included posts at University of Prague, University of Hamburg, Berlin University, Königsberg University, University of Durham (UK), Max Planck Institute. Awards include Lieben Prize (1916), Liversidge Award (1936),Liebig Medal (1957).


    Thank you in advance. Alan.

  • John Tandberg 1896-1968 .

    Licentiate degree Lund University 1923, Doctoral thesis Uppsala. 1937. ( The absorption of hard x-rays as studied by means of nuclear reactions and artificial radioactivity ) Professor  title in 1945. Over one hundred scientific writings.

    In 1927, Tandberg applied for a patent for a method of producing helium through electrolysis under cold conditions and very high pressure using a palladium electrode. The application was rejected as impossible. He also made demonstrations of the method later using heavy water but produced little helium.(At that time, helium was in demand for airships). Energy was not an issue.

    In 1927, Tandberg was an industrial chemist at Electrolux .He eventually became the head of the company's chemical laboratory . He helped with the development of a commercially viable refrigerator for home use. Tandberg remained linked to Electrolux until his 1962 retirement .

  • Ivan Filimonenko 1924-2013

    1941 -1945 War: Motorized infantry.1945 -1954 Study: Rocket technology, Bauman University: Nuclear physics ,LPI,.

    1951. R&D of nuclear energy technology for rockets in top secret Red Star program.

    1957. Developed TEGEU reactor using electrolysis of D20 .The TEGEU fuel elements, palladium at an average temperature of 1150 ° C, produced 200W energy in the form of HP steam, plus He 3,4 ; O 16,17,18 without neutrons.

    Ivan continued with TEGEU until 1968, when he signed a petition demanding the abolishment of nuclear weapons.

    1968 -1974, imprisoned 6 years for unpatriotic nuclear activity.

    1974 -1989 , unemployed. Devoted time to agricultural work

    1989 , a Russian company decided to build several TEGEU reactors. They asked Ivan to work without pay. He did so until 1992 when he retired.. One claim is that they produced an output of 12.5 kilowatts ..another claim is that the reactors did not work as expected.

    http://bourabai.kz/filimonenko/

  • From Larry Forsley's MIT Colloquium talk:


    Dr. Yoshiaki Arata, Japan, 文化勲章 Order of Culture
    Dr. Robert Bass, United States
    Dr. Yuri Bazhutov, Russia
    Dr. John O’M. Bockris, United States, Faraday Medal
    Dr. Scott Chubb, United States
    Dr. Talbott Chubb, United States, Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award
    Dr. John Dash, United States
    Dr. John Fisher, United States, National Academy of Engineering
    Dr. Martin Fleischmann, United Kingdom, Fellow of the Royal Society
    Dr. Sergio Focardi, Italy
    Mr. Hal Fox, United States
    Mr. David French, Esq., Canada
    Dr. John Huizenga, United States, AEC E.O. Lawrence Award
    Dr. P. K. Iyengar, India, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Chairman Indian Atomic Energy Commission
    Dr. Alexander Karabut, Russia, Preparata Medal
    Dr. Yan Kucherov, Russia and United States, First Truffle Prize (Preparata Medal precursor)
    Dr. Sven Kullander, Sweden
    Dr. Andre Lipson, Russia
    Dr. Eugene Mallove, United States
    Dr. Douglas R. O. Morrison, United Kingdom
    Dr. Richard Oriani, United States, Alexander Von Humboldt Prize
    Dr. James Patterson, United States
    Dr. Giuliano Preparata, Italy
    Mr. Evan Ragland, United States
    Mr. James Reding, United States
    Dr. Andrew Riley, United States
    Dr. Julian Schwinger, United States, Physics Nobel Laureate
    Mr. Kenneth Shoulders, United States
    Dr. Stanislaus Szpak, United States
    Dr. Kevin Wolf, United States


    From Prof Akito Takahashi.


    Makoto Okamoto (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    Hideo Ikegami (National Institute of Fusion Science)

    Naoto Asami (Institute of Applied Energy),


    From Dr. W Collis.


    Francesco Premuda, Adriano Battaglia, Emilio Del Giudice, Alexander Karabut, Bob Bass, Anri Rukhadze, Fangil Gareev,

  • Dear Robert Bryant, you have inaccurate information about Filimonenko. He couldn't retire at 68. In Russia, the retirement age began with 60 years in 1992. Where did you get this information there is also information that S. Pons was a Ukrainian citizen until 1970. I wouldn't trust that source.

  • Two additions to this list should be:


    Willis E. Lamb - Physics Nobel Prize Winner 1913 - 2008 University of Arizona Regents' Professor emeritus of physics and optical sciences, 1955 Nobel Prize in physics for his experimental work on the fine structure of the hydrogen atom and for the discovery of the phenomenon known as the Lamb Shift, which revolutionized the quantum theory of matter. Lamb was awarded his doctoral degree in 1938 for his dissertation on the electromagnetic properties of nuclear systems. Hi supervisor was Robert Oppenheimer. in 2000 he received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Lamb wrote a series of remarkable papers published in the Physical Review from 1947-1953 that were regarded as immediate classics by all working in atomic physics,


    Jean-Pierre Vigier.

  • Dear Robert Bryant!

    See Stanley Pons's biography on Wikipedia. There this information isn't present. His father's name was Robert, and he was born in North Carolina in 1943. In 1970, he was 27 years old, and he could not even do secret work in Ukraine. I found an article in the technical journal "Inventor and innovator" # 1 for 1995, where this stupid idea of Stanley Pons was first expressed (see attached file). Filimonenko could not be unemployed in the USSR from 1974 to 1989. It was more like a disability pension. Because if you look closely at the video, you will see that Filimonenko instead of the left hand prosthesis. He told, that he was the one who had an accident during the tests and was pinned down by his left hand. And most likely him as chief designer was suspended from work and closed its design office. As far as I know, it didn't put, and placed in psychiatric hospital. It was in the USSR that this method of punishment was used. And since Filimonenko was associated with secret development, the best it can be isolated in a psychiatric hospital.

    My opinion: from Filimonenko tried to make a priority of the USSR on cold nuclear fusion.

  • Thanks Sergei... maybe working on a dacha is Sovietspeak for lockup in a psychiatric hospital


    1941 -1945 War: Motorized infantry.1945 -1954 Study: Rocket technology, Bauman University: Nuclear physics ,LPI,.

    1951. R&D of nuclear energy technology for rockets in top secret Red Star program.

    1957. Developed TEGEU reactor using electrolysis of D20 .The TEGEU fuel elements, palladium at an average temperature of 1150 ° C, produced 200W energy in the form of HP steam, plus He 3,4 ; O 16,17,18 without neutrons.

    Ivan continued with TEGEU and strongly advocated for cold fusion research until 1968, when the government closed his laboratory

    1968 -1974, imprisoned at least 6 years for unpatriotic nuclear activity probably in a psychiatric facility

    1974 -1989 .No research work, survived on a disability pension due to hand injury sustained during TEGEU tests.

    1989 , a Russian company decided to build several TEGEU reactors. They asked Ivan to work without pay. He did so until 1992 ..One claim is that they produced an output of 12.5 kilowatts ..another claim is that the reactors did not work as expected.

  • Sometimes member Peter turned up this on what seems to be another physicist called Stanley Pons...So there must be 2?


    The physic chemist S. Pons, still a citizen of the Ukrainian SSR, was an expert on the latest Soviet thermionic nuclear facilities and should have known about the work of Filimonenko. “In 1989–1990, in the NPO Luch in Podolsk of the Moscow Region, under the direction of Filimonenko, three TEGEU with a capacity of 12.5 kW each were recreated. In 1989 and 1990 Two Filimonenko reactors were created at the Luch enterprise: a 0.7-m-long pipe with a diameter of 0.041 m. The mass of the palladium part was 9 grams. Power 12.5 kW per reactor. The work was carried out under the direction of I. S. Filimonenko, appointed in 1960. The creation of the Topaz-1 and Topaz-2 power plants, which were used on the Kosmos-1818 and Kosmos-1819 satellites. They were developing an environmentally friendly thermionic hydrolysis power plant (TEGUE), which has no analogues in our country and abroad. The installation of nuclear fusion was used at low temperatures (T = 1150 ° C), the life of which was 5-10 years without refueling (heavy water).


  • Sometimes member Peter turned up this on what seems to be another physicist called Stanley Pons...So there must be 2?


    The physic chemist S. Pons, still a citizen of the Ukrainian SSR, was an expert on the latest Soviet thermionic nuclear facilities and should have known about the work of Filimonenko. “In 1989–1990, in the NPO Luch in Podolsk of the Moscow Region, under the direction of Filimonenko, three TEGEU with a capacity of 12.5 kW each were recreated. In 1989 and 1990 Two Filimonenko reactors were created at the Luch enterprise: a 0.7-m-long pipe with a diameter of 0.041 m. The mass of the palladium part was 9 grams. Power 12.5 kW per reactor. The work was carried out under the direction of I. S. Filimonenko, appointed in 1960. The creation of the Topaz-1 and Topaz-2 power plants, which were used on the Kosmos-1818 and Kosmos-1819 satellites. They were developing an environmentally friendly thermionic hydrolysis power plant (TEGUE), which has no analogues in our country and abroad. The installation of nuclear fusion was used at low temperatures (T = 1150 ° C), the life of which was 5-10 years without refueling (heavy water).


    if i have well understood , oil seems to be better to keep mind far from washing machines :saint:

    I don't know how it works therefore i expected that plasma added by thermoionic emitter should not be too far from a lenr plasma device.

    Didier Grass retired from Thomson CSF , patented some thermoionic emitters with which he meet a day an lenr event ( Zr02 substrate melted by low temperature electrolysis )

    Alan , do you have more information about this device ?

  • Кто-нибудь из наших русскоговорящих знает, что означает аббревиатура TEGEU ? ТЭГЭУ in Cyrillic.???

    Thermal emission generating energy installation - ТермоЭмиссионная Генерирующая Энергетическая Установка (ТЭГЭУ)