Bill Mallow, who was one of a handful of scientists willing to do research into unusual objects such as alleged alien implants, has died. Because of the controversial nature of this material and the fear of scientists that they may suffer career damage if they work on it, he leaves behind him a significant void. It is unlikely that any scientist without an agenda of dismissal, open or otherwise, will come forward to replace him in this work.

He was the first scientist to explore these objects with an open mind, and he made a number of valuable discoveries about them. For example, he found that an object that had been in a man?s leg for forty years after a childhood close encounter incident, was made of a highly unusual form of glass that is almost impossible to manufacture and has no known industrial use. He was a thorough analyst. When an iron object removed from a close encounter witness was examined, he was not satisfied until he had taken it through every possible test. Because of this, the object was discovered to be X-ray invisible even though it was almost pure iron.

When he studied the objects known as “Art?s Parts” because they were originally given by an anonymous donor to radio talk show host Art Bell, he was the only scientist willing to admit that some of the material was made of magnesium that had been turned into a foam using an unknown process, and that the thin layers of bismuth sandwiched between the layers was not attached to them in any way, leaving the question of why the object does not disintegrate unanswered.

James Lankford, the Materials Engineering Director of the Southwest Research Institute where Mr. Mallow had been employed since 1954, said of him, ?Bill Mallow is surely the greatest inventor and one of the greatest scientists in the history of the institute.? The institute took a dim view of his research into unusual objects, but he continued to conduct it despite their objections.

He is the author of 38 U.S. patents. As well as being a notable scientist, Bill was a musician, a singer and a poet. Before he began his scientific career, he was invited to join the Cleveland Orchestra as a violinist, and took with him through life a love of music that was infectious. He was also a philosopher and a joyous, open-hearted and compassionate Christian of a kind it is a privilege and a rarity toencounter.

Bill Mallow offered courageous service to the community of witnesses and researchers struggling to understand the true meaning of such things as UFOs and close encounters. Because his institute had expressed a desire that he not work on these projects, he paid for all of his studies out of hisown pocket.

Mr. Mallow was an active trustee of the Mind Science Foundation and a recipient of their 1986 Imagineer Award for his contributions to science.

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