A handful of LENR and cold fusion sites are reporting Martin Fleischman has passed away at his home in Tisbury, U.K. on August 3, 2012.
Dr. Fleischmann, a Professor of Electrochemistry at the University of Southampton, England became an instant celebrity in 1989 when he and associate professor Stanley Pons announced what was to be called a “cold fusion” reaction in experiments at the University of Utah. The March 23, 1989 press conference created a firestorm of controversy as hundreds of scientists immediately started work at their laboratories to reproduce the anomalous heat effect. With several failed efforts to reproduce the effect, Fleischmann and Pons were labeled as frauds and cold fusion was derided as junk science, with the general scientific community still remaining skeptical to this day.
We can only hope Dr. Fleischmann’s work will continue to be carried out by the small, but growing community of LENR scientists and researchers. While a Nobel Prize cannot be awarded posthumously, I think generations to come will recognize the debt of gratitude owed towards Martin Fleischmann, a man who never retired or wavered in his belief.