Honoraria & Memorial

Honoring and remembering or members

Any individual whose lifetime work contributes substantially to science or technology outside the confines of mainstream paradigms could be eligible for the Sagnac Award, regardless of nationality or educational background. The award namesake, French physicist Georges Sagnac (1869-1926), was an associate of Nobelists Pierre and Marie Curie, Jean Perrin and Paul Langevin at the Sorbonne in Paris. Sagnac conducted experiments in 1913 demonstrating a net difference between light paths moving in opposite directions on a rotating platform. Many alternative scientists believe his ‘Sagnac Effect’ challenges the theories of Sagnac’s contemporary, Albert Einstein. Yet in spite of its challenge and repeatability, Sagnac’s experiment receives only passing mention, if any, in physics textbooks, and little is known about Sagnac himself. So just as Sagnac was not recognized for his major contributions, the Sagnac Award is intended to honor those unsung heroes making largely unrecognized, but significant contributions to science today. The Award, designed by Greg Volk and David de Hilster, features three interlocking rings to symbolize matter circulating in closed loops, a possible ring model for the electron as proposed by Alfred Parson, ¬†Arthur Compton and other early 20th century scientists.

 

Sagnac Awards

Sagnac Awards 2013

Wallace “Wal” Thornhill Lifetime Achievement Wallace Thornhill is presented the 2013 Sagnac Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of a lifetime commitment to excellence in scientific pursuits; for foundational contributions establishing the...

Sagnac Awards 2012

Tom Bearden Lifetime Achievement In recognition of a lifetime commitment to excellence in scientific pursuit. For foundational concepts and principles describing the energy of space, for systematic theoretical investigations of practical devices claiming over-unity...

Sagnac Awards 2011

Mahmoud A. Melehy Lifetime Achievement In recognition of a lifetime commitment to excellence in scientific pursuit. For fundamental theoretical connections between thermodynamics and electricity, particularly at interfaces, for their applications to surface tension,...

Sagnac Awards 2010

Thomas E. Phipps Lifetime Achievement Thomas E. Phipps, Jr. was born January 26, 1925 in Champaign, Illinois, destined for a career in physics. His father Thomas, Sr., a pioneer in atomic structure who in 1927 first measured hydrogen’s magnetic moment, taught as...
Sagnac Awards 2009

Sagnac Awards 2009

Domina Eberle Spencer Lifetime Achievement Domina Eberle Spencer, born in 1920, came to MIT as a high school student in a summer program and stayed on to earn three degrees, her SB in Physics in 1939, SM in Mathematics in 1940, and PhD in Mathematics in 1942. A...

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