Wallace “Wal” Thornhill
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 Electric Universe paradigm; for correctly predicting the behavior of Shoemaker-Levy and several other comets based on this paradigm, contrary to conventional expectations; and for inspiring scalable plasma experiments to model behaviors observed throughout the cosmos.
Wal is not only a pioneer and world renowned expert on electrical forces in our universe, but he is also a gifted writer and lecturer with a rare talent of being able to explain highly complex phenomena in a way that is understandable to a wide audience and not just to academics.
Wal Thornhill authored a three volume book series “The Universe Electric” that discusses anomalies and contradictions of the big bang, the role of electricity in solar functions and the highly electric nature of comets.
It is said that mastery in science is revealed in the ability to predict that which has not yet been observed. In that regard, Wal has demonstrated true mastery of his science in his predictions of electrical behavior of comets that have been confirmed in comet rendezvous missions by NASA.
Wal co-authored “The Electric Universe” that revealed the pervasive influence of electric forces from subatomic to cosmic scales and “Thunderbolts of the Gods” that introduced readers to a new view of history, dominated by planetary instability and earthshaking electrical events.
Wal has also written many scientific papers for IEEE conferences, IEEE transactions in plasma science, U.S. journal, Aeon, and SIS Review of the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS), in England. He has also served as a council member of SIS.
Wal earned a degree in physics and electronics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and began postgraduate studies. Before entering university he had been inspired by Immanuel Velikovsky’s best-selling book, “Worlds in Collision.” However, academia’s lack of curiosity about and frequent hostility toward this challenge to mainstream science convinced Thornhill to pursue an independent path outside academia.
We are grateful that Wal made that decision and we celebrate his lifetime of contributions to the advancement of science through presentation of this Sagnac Award.