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Professor Gerald Cleaver

Space Physics

Baylor University

Gerald Cleaver earned his PhD at Caltech in 1993, and he is now Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Physics at Baylor University, USA. Gerald has graduated 10 PhD and MS students. He heads the Early Universe Cosmology and String Theory (EUCOS) Division of Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER). His EUCOS team conducts systematic computer-based phenomenology studies of parameter spaces within the string landscape of ~10500 possible universes within a multiverse.

With CASPER colleagues Anzhong Wang, Tao Zhu, Klaus Kirsten, and Tim Sheng, Gerald also explores means of evaluating quantum gravity effects on the cosmic microwave background to new levels of precision. With Jeffrey Lee in Toronto, he investigates topics in relativistic thermodynamics and physics and cosmology applications to cryptography. With Eric Davis of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin/Earthtech International, Gerald examines spacetime curvature in theorized spacetime wormholes. He also investigates spacecraft propulsion systems based on matter/anti-matter (MAM) production via quantum field theory effects from parallel electric and magnetic fields and has been a member of a NASA blue-ribbon review committee for advanced propulsion system proposals.

Gerald also writes on the interplay between cutting-edge science and theology. He is particularly interested in the philosophical and theological implications of a multiverse, both from the general concept and the various proposed realizations. He was a co-PI of the recent Scientific & Theological Understandings of Randomness in Nature (SATURN) project of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theology Union in Berkeley, California. The project was funded through a grant from Calvin College provided by the John Templeton Foundation. Participants in the project studied the scientific warrants for and theological implications of randomness, propensities and indeterminism in nature. Gerald explored this in the context of a string multiverse.

He is also a consultant for the AP Physics Exams of the College Board/Educational Testing Service. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed physics and journal articles, and conference proceedings. He is the co-author of an elementary particle physics textbook, editor for four science journals, and referee for nine physics journals and two science/theology journals. He is on the international advisory board of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. He is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a member of four IQ societies, and was inducted into numerous science and science/theology honour societies.

Gerald and his wife Lisa have three children, aged 17 to 22. His interests include flying radio-controlled model airplanes, SCUBA, small boat sailing, snow skiing, and Tae Kwon Do.