I come from a family involved in the field of energy. My father was a mechanical engineer who built factories to manufacture automobile batteries, my brother is a mathematician who wrote and maintained computer programs for nuclear power generating plants. My mother was a teacher who later became an expert at conducting civil social interactions among small groups. Some family photos are here.
In the first half of my life I designed engines and evolved into the related field of thermodynamics. I was fortunate to arrive at a good time and able to participate in several unique projects in the 60s and 70s that will never be repeated.
The industrial revolution began with the invention of the steam engine that made power from heat. The understanding of the process came later and is called thermodynamics, the study of heat and energy. The field of thermodynamics began in 1824 when Sadi Carnot published a paper that explained and predicted how heat engines worked.
B.S. Engineering Mechanics from Georgia Tech 1962.
Engineering mechanics is a somewhat obscure field that involves the study of energy, forces, motion and time. It involves basic physics and lots of mathematics.
1962 produced the first graduating class with this degree from Georgia Tech.
M.S. Automotive Engineering from Chrysler Institute of Technology 1964.
My career in engine design began at Chrysler Corporation in 1962. I came to be in charge of all valve train design for all Chrysler engines. I designed all the cams and the aluminum cylinder heads for the Chrysler 426 Hemi engine. This led, over the next several decades, to writing numerous computer programs in different computer languages, involving the motion and forces in complex mechanical systems.
At White Motor Corporation, I conducted basic research on the Diesel combustion process using a single cylinder research engine and later became the development engineer for a large V8 Diesel truck engine.
In 1968 I became the head of engine design and chief thermodynamicist for the little documented Lear Steam Car, the last major attempt to build a steam car. The unusual engine design was somewhat similar to the Napier Delta aircraft engine built in England near the end of World War II. It used three crankshafts arranged in a triangle with two opposed pistons in the cylinders between those crankshafts. The project has little documentation partly because it reached the peak of development the same month we landed on the Moon.
Click here for pictures.
A truly unique project arose in the early 70s that was a collaboration between Harvey Crane Jr. of Crane Cams and myself. I designed a DOHC four-valve cylinder head for the Chevrolet small block engine that was built and raced in supercharged, fuel injected and carbureted versions.
Click here for the Hot Rod magazine article of August 1971.
For another point of view of the project, go to Harvey Crane's website here.
More pictures can be found here.
I designed cylinder blocks, connecting rods and other engine components used for alcohol and nitromethane powered, supercharged drag race engines for Keith Black Racing Engines.
Out of that came the chance to design an 1150 horsepower V12 marine engine for the Torque Engineering Corporation Click here for their brochure and click here for the story.
Car Designs . . .
In 1968 I designed a gas turbine powered race car for Carrol Shelby to run in the CanAm racing series, documented in Sports Car International magazine March 2001.
A collection of business and membership cards and race car driving licenses is here.
Race cars built and driven are here.
There were still two decades left over, spent in the music business as builder and owner of a recording studio, as a musician and producer of a music CD that was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times here.
The latest developments in my career began in around the year 2000 with an important, unexpected and serendipitous discovery in the field of astronomy. That discovery came about as a result of having a strong connection with astronomy through my amateur astronomer brother combined with decades of design involving the visualization of patterns in three dimensional space.
The discovery is described on the website:
In 1995 I began writing books that began to develop the implications of that discovery, most of which are have been taken out of print. Those can be found at:
Only the last book A Better Story is currently available as a free download at: