Martin Fleischmann, one of the researchers that introduced cold fusion to the world, died on August 3, 2012 without getting recognition from the scientific circles. The major media outlets did not even notice the death of the man who has inspired many scientists to pursue the search for alternative source of energy. The good thing is the LENR or Low Energy Nuclear Reactions world felt the loss and gave Fleischmann the admiration and applause he truly deserves. He is often mentioned in the technologies related to cold fusion. The history of cold fusion in many parts of the world also recognized him as one of the pioneers along with Stanley Pons.
Cold fusion research is known to provide massive amounts of heat that could be used as a powerful, alternative source of energy if further study and research be given enough support from the governments, private sectors, and scientific community, among many others. As a matter of fact, many scientists who continue to work on cold fusion research believe that it could help solve the global energy crisis and issues concerning the environment as the operation does not use radioactive materials.
Born in March of 1927 in Czechoslovakia, Fleichmann and his family moved to England when he was still 11 years old. In 1950, he went on to receive his PhD from the imperial College London. In the study of electrochemistry, Fleischmann played a major role serving as president of the International Society of Electrochemists, and as professor of electrochemistry at University of Southampton. He received the Royal Society’s award in electrochemistry and thermodynamics.
In 1983, Fleichmann and Pons started working on various experiments at the University of Utah. In some of their experiments, they observed a nuclear reaction at low temperatures. In 1989, they made a shocking revelation that a new energy source had been discovered, under the pressure of the university to rush the announcement of a premature technology. Scientists failed to replicate the cold fusion research of Fleischmann and Pons.
Despite the negative publicity regarding cold fusion/LENR research, it continued to be researched by scientists who observed the original demonstration by Fleischmann and Pons. Italian inventor Andrea Rossi is one of the researchers who announced that he has developed a working cold fusion/LENR device. The fusor units of Rossi are currently under certification testing and patenting.
Fleischmann died of natural causes. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes.