Professor of Physics, and author of Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality.

Dr. Ronald L. Mallett first became interested in time travel after his father died when he was 10 years old. He used his lunch money to buy a Classics Illustrated comic book version of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and decided to build a time machine so he could travel back in time and save his father’s life. When he was 13, he discovered Albert Einstein and his theories about time not being fixed. That knowledge fueled his passion and determination to study physics and try to reach back in time so he could change the past and spend more time with his father.

Dr. Mallett’s book and his concept of time travel have piqued the interest of people around the globe. His book has been translated into numerous languages including Chinese and Korean. He has discussed time travel on “The Universe: Unexplained Mysteries” on The History Channel, “Time Travel Featuring Physicist and UCONN Professor Ron Mallett” on The Learning Channel, and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN International, Coast to Coast, NPR, and in numerous publications throughout the US and UK. Noted filmmaker and director Spike Lee acquired the film rights to Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality with plans to co-write and direct a film adaptation.

Watch Dr. Mallett explain his fascination with time travel [youtube]

In this interview, he explains how he became a theoretical physicist studying time travel.