Ruggero Santilli

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Ruggero Santilli
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Born (1935-09-08) September 8, 1935 (age 83)
Capracotta, Molise, Italy
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Naples, University of Turin
Known for Hadronic Physics, Hadronic Chemistry, Magnecules, Controlled Intermediate Nuclear Fusion
Spouse(s) Carla
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Institute for Basic Research

Ruggero Maria Santilli (born September 8, 1935) is an Italo-American nuclear physicist. Mainstream scientists dismiss his theories as fringe science, which Santilli, in his turn, describes as a mainstream conspiracy against novel science.[1]


Ruggero Maria Santilli was born September 8, 1935) in Capracotta.[2] He studied physics at the University of Naples and earned his PhD in physics from the University of Turin, graduating in 1965.[2] He held various academic positions in Italy until 1967, when he took a position at University of Miami; a year later he moved to Boston University, and subsequently held positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.[2][1]

In September 1981 Santilli established the Institute for Basic Research in Boston, and told a reporter from St. Petersburg Times that he left Harvard because scientists there viewed his work as "heresy".[1]

In 1985 he published a book, Il Grande Grido: Ethical Probe on Einstein's Followers in the U.S.A, an Insider's View, in which he said that in many institutions there is an effective conspiracy to suppress or not investigate novel theories which may conflict with established scientific theories, such as Einstein's theory of relativity. According to Santilli, institutions receive funding and have established entire departments dedicated to long established theories, and so he argues that these same institutions are ill-equipped to challenge their own scientific paradigms with new theories. Santilli claimed that a number of scientists, including Nobel Laureates Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg, conspired to stop him from conducting research which might have led to the inapplicability of part of Einstein's theory of relativity while he was at Harvard.[3][4] He has complained that papers he has submitted to peer-reviewed American Physical Society journals were rejected because they were controlled by a group of Jewish physicists led by Weinberg.[5] Santilli has filed a number of lawsuits alleging the suppression of his scientific ideas, including a lawsuit against the magazine Infinite Energy.[1]

Santilli worked on new mathematics and new understandings of physics, to address what he saw as unsolved problems in quantum chemistry; he has published papers and books describing new chemical species called "magnecules" that he says are explained by his mathematics and theories.[6] He told the reporter from St. Petersburg Times that the scientific establishment has not accepted this work.[1]

Around 1990 he moved with the institute back to Florida.[2][1]

In Florida he worked as a consultant and started companies to support the development and commercialization of his work.[1] In 1990 he and his wife founded a publishing company, Hadronic Press, Inc.[7]

Another company that Santilli founded was called MagneGas, and its goal was to turn liquid waste into fuel.[1] He consulted for a company called EarthFirst from 1998 to 2001, and after the relationship he ended he sent letters to several of EarthFirst's clients saying they were infringing patents he owned on MagneGas.[1] This led to five years of litigation.[1] MagneGas went public through a reverse merger in early 2008; the reconstituted company acquired a license to Santilli's inventions in the territory of the western hemisphere from a company called Hyfuels, Inc. of which Santilli was the CEO, and later that year directly acquired other patents and trademarks related to MagneGas from Santilli.[8]:F-12

After an explosion at its facility in 2016, the company changed its raw material from organic waste to soybean oil.[9] As of 2018, the company was not profitable; it had revenue from selling its gas to metalworking companies as an alternative to acetylene, and aspired to compete more broadly with natural gas.[10][11] As of 2018 two people had been killed and one person injured by MagneGas canisters; as of July 2018 the company was under investigation by OSHA as well as the US gas transport regulator.[10]

In 2013, Santilli became involved with another publicly traded company called Thunder Fusion Corporation, formed when a publicly traded shell company acquired intellectual property generated by Santilli around fusion power that had been owned by Hyfuels.[12] The company changed its name to Thunder Energies Corporation in 2014.[13] Thunder Energies said that it developed a telescope that could detect galaxies, asteroids and other objects in space that were made of antimatter, and in early 2016 Santilli announced that the company had taken pictures of otherwise invisible antimatter objects on Earth.[14]

In 2016, Santilli sued Dutch mathematician and skeptic Pepijn van Erp, his webhost, and the chairman of Skepsis Foundation over blog postings in which van Erp had criticized Santelli's work as pseudoscience and ridiculous.[14][15][16] The suit against the foundation's chairman was dismissed in August 2018 and shortly thereafter the suit against van Erp was settled.[17]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Weimar, Carrie (May 9, 2007). "Snubbed by mainstream, scrappy scientist sues". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on May 12, 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Summary of Prof. Ruggero Maria Santilli". Institute for Basic Research. 5 January 2006. 
  3. ^ "The Politics of Science: II Grande Grido Ethical Probe on Einstein's Followers in the U.S.A.-An Insider's View By Ruggcro Maria Santilli Alpha Publishing: 354 pp, $19.50." The Harvard Crimson. March 20, 1985. 
  4. ^ Farrell, John (6 July 2000). "Did Einstein cheat?". Salon. Archived from the original on August 19, 2000. 
  5. ^ H. Lustig (2005). "A proper homage to our Ben". In H. Henry Stroke. Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: 51 (Advances in Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics). Academic Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0120038510. Ruggero Maria Santilli of The Institute for Basic Research, who complained bitterly about the rejection of his papers 'disproving' Einstein's relativity, which he attributed to Jewish domination of APS' journals. 
  6. ^ Dunning-Davies, Jeremy (2002). "Book Review: Foundations of Hadronic Chemistry with Applications to New Clean Energies and Fuels. By R. M. Santilli. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston/Dordrecht/London, 2001, liv + 397 pp., $138/£95 (hardcover). ISBN 1-4020-0087-1". Foundations of Physics. 32 (7): 1175–1178. doi:10.1023/A:1016542928371. 
  7. ^ "Hadronic Press, Inc". State of Florida, Division of Corporations. Retrieved 16 September 2018. 
  8. ^ "10-K for 2008". MagneGas via SEC Edgar. March 26, 2009.  Index page
  9. ^ Morel, Laura C. (28 March 2016). "A year later, cause of fatal Tarpon Springs explosion remains a mystery". Tampa Bay Times. 
  10. ^ a b Carollo, Malena (23 July 2018). "Two men died while working with this Tampa Bay company's product. Now the feds are investigating". Tampa Bay Times. 
  11. ^ Carollo, Malena (14 August 2018). "MagneGas reports 200 percent hike in revenue for second quarter". Tampa Bay Times. 
  12. ^ "10-K for 2013". Thunder Fusion Corporation via SEC Edgar. March 31, 2014.  Index page.
  13. ^ "10-K 2014". Thunder Energies Corporation via SEC Edgar. March 26, 2015.  Index page
  14. ^ a b Pizzo, Mark A. (April 20, 2018). "Case No. 8:17-Cv-1797-T-33MAP: Magistrate's Report And Recommendation". United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.  Order adopting the report
  15. ^ "Skeptic Van Erp sued by Ruggero Santilli". ECSO. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  16. ^ Dersjant, Theo (July 20, 2018). "Skepsis bijna blut door rechtszaak over artikel". Villamedia (in Dutch). 
  17. ^ "Skepsis wint proces van wetenschapper die in 'joodse criminele wetenschappers' gelooft". The Post Online (in Dutch). 13 September 2018. 

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