Paul Marmet (1932 - 2005)
|Died||20 May 2005 (aged 73)|
|Alma mater||Université Laval|
|Known for||Low-energy Monoenergetic Electron Spectrometer|
|Awards||Herzberg Medal of the Canadian Association of Physicists|
Leo Pariseau Prize of the French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science(ACFAS)
Service Award, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Officer, Order of Canada
|Institutions||Professor of Physics, Université Laval|
Director, Laboratory for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Université Laval
Senior Researcher, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council (Canada)
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Ottawa
Paul Marmet; (20 May 1932 – 20 May 2005) was a Canadian physicist and professor, best known for developing, along with his mentor Larkin Kerwin, a high resolution electron selector for the study of electronic states of negative ions. This instrument, along with a mass spectrometer he developed, was widely used by scientists for electron scattering studies which led to the discovery of enhanced vibrational excitation in nitrogen, and for the study of free radicals.
Beginning in 1967 Marmet served as director of the laboratory for Atomic and Molecular Physics at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, serving in that role until 1982. From 1983 to 1990, Marmet was a senior researcher at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics of the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. In 1990 Marmet was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa.
Opposition to Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, and the Big Bang
In his later years Marmet was an outspoken critic of the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, the theory of relativity, and the Big Bang cosmological model. In 1993 he self-published a book entitled "Absurdities in Modern Physics". He also maintained a web site devoted to his ideas. His views have not found acceptance within the mainstream scientific community.
Paul Marmet published more than 100 original research papers, as well as a number of books, websites and animated demonstrations for the teaching of Physics.