Lawrence M Stephenson

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Lawrence M. Stephenson
Born (1933-12-00)December 0, 1933 Template:Error Template:Error
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Known for Mach's Principle, General Relativity, Special Relativity
Scientific career
Fields Electrical Engineer
  • B.Sc(Eng) in Electrical Engineering 1951-54. Imperial College London.
  • Ph.D. (on Hall effect in semiconductors at microwave frequencies) 1954-57. University College London.
  • Industrial research on microwave backward wave oscillators 1957-59. GEC Wembley, London.
  • Lecturer in Electrical Engineering 1959-61. Leeds University.
  • Lecturer in Electrical Engineering 1961-84. University College London (retired age 51).
  • Built my own house and developed a Marina 1974-99.
  • Back to relativity and gravitation 1993-present.

As early as 1962 I wrote a letter to "New Scientist" ( Vol 315, p 519, 29 November 1962) indicating that Maxwell's equations clearly showed that the observed steady-state velocity of light was equal to c relative to the observer's material inertial frame. I elaborated on this theme in my 1993 book and my 1998 and 2000 papers. At long last the section on "Advanced Potentials" on my web site is convincing some relativists. I did not get a computer until 1998, when my daughter and her partner went round the world and left me their computer so as to keep in contact. I then put my own name into Yahoo and found a 1980 paper by J.G.Cramer that critcised a paper I had written on advanced potentials in 1978 - but he had never sent me a copy of his paper! By this time I had written my 1998 paper on Precursor Transients (Paper 3 on my web site) where I just mentioned using advanced potentials. Then, out of the blue, Prof Alex Cullen FRS, my old head of department, a world authority on em theory, who had advised me on both my 1978 and 1998 papers, suddenly told me that individual advanced potential solutions were inherently invalid! There followed a triangular discussion between Clive Kilmister, Alex and myself and the outcome was my 2000 paper on Advanced Potentials (Paper 2 on my web site). Perhaps it is no wonder that relativists had never got involved with advanced potentials and Einstein's assumption that c was constant "in empty space" was the only acceptable way forward.