(Died: December 15, 1996)
Interests: Electrodynamics, Light, Time Age: 70
In Memoriam: Charles M. Hill
Those who question Special Relativity and who are interested in the principles which govern the speed of light have lost a true friend. Charles M. Hill died unexpectedly in his sleep on December 15, 1996, of an apparent heart attack. He was only 70 years of age.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bonnie, by two daughters and a son, and by eight grandchildren.
He attended the University of California at Berkeley and, after serving two years in the Navy, receiving his BSEE degree in 1949.
From 1952 to 1957, Charles worked for Marchant Research. It was there that a co-worker first introduced him to the puzzle of the speed of light.
From 1957 till his retirement in 1985, Charles worked for Hewlett Packard, first in the Frequency and Time Division, later at the Hewlett Packard Laboratories.
During his retirement Charlie Hill was finally able to pursue actively some of the fundamental questions which had long been of interest to him. In 1990 his first major paper, "The Velocity of Light in Moving Systems, " was published in Physics Essays (3, 429-434). Besides several correspondence items, three other major papers have been published in Galilean Electrodynamics. The first, "Maxwell?s Equations in Moving Coordinates," was published in the first issue of 1992 (3, 13-15). The second, "Timekeeping and the Speed of Light - New Insights from Pulsar Observations," was published in the first issue of 1995 (6, 3-10). His final paper, "The Dynamics of Matter via Maxwell?s Equations," is published in this issue (23-29).
But these papers understate Charlie?s contribution to the dissident community.
- by Ronald R. Hatch, Galilean Electrodymics (8, 29-30, 1997).