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Wal Thornhill, 2007

Wallace Thornhill (b. May 2, 1942) earned a degree in physics and electronics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and began postgraduate studies. Before entering university he had been inspired by Immanuel Velikovsky's best-selling book, Worlds in Collision. However, the lack of curiosity and the frequent hostility toward this challenge to mainstream science convinced Thornhill to pursue an independent path outside academia.



Thornhill was invited to attend the first international Velikovskian conference at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1974, on the subject of The Recent History of the Solar System. There he met David Talbott and Velikovsky. On a subsequent visit to Velikovsky at his home in Princeton, NJ, Thornhill posed the key question raised by the theory of recent planetary catastrophe – what is the true nature of gravity? That question led to a re-examination of accepted ideas across many disciplines, culminating in the formulations of the "Electric Universe" hypothesis.

Thornhill has since written many papers for the U.S. journal, Aeon, and the SIS Review of the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS), in England, and served as a council member of SIS.

The "Electric Universe" was first presented at a World Conference in Portland, Oregon, in January 1997, and provoked great interest from the astronomers, engineers and scholars in attendance. Just prior to the conference he spent some thirty days with David Talbott, persuading him that the celestial configurations Talbott had reconstructed, beginning with the Saturn Myth, were plasma discharge phenomena. Workshops and conferences were subsequently held in Portland and Seattle.

Medal Award

In 2010, the Telesio-Galilei Academy of Science awarded Thornhill (and 9 others) its 2010 Gold Medal,[1] presented on 12th June 2010.

Selected bibliography


  • Co-authored with David Talbott, Thunderbolts of the Gods, Mikamar Publishing (November 15, 2005), ISBN-10: 0977285103, ISBN-13: 978-0977285105, 107 pages
  • Co-authored with David Talbott, The Electric Universe, Mikamar Publishing (May 24, 2007), ISBN-10: 0977285138, ISBN-13: 978-0977285136, 132 pages


  • Thornhill, W.W., "The Electrical Nature of Comets", IEEE 34th International Conference on Plasma Science, 2007. ICOPS 2007., Publication Date: 17-22 June 2007, On page(s): 1000-1000
  • "Venus An Interim Report", SIS Review vol.4 No.4
  • "Formation of Chondritic Meteorites and the Solar System", SIS C&C Review v1988
  • "Evidence for the Extreme Youth of Venus", SIS C&C Review v1993 (Proceedings of the 1993 Cambridge Conference: Evidence that the Earth has suffered Catastrophes of Cosmic Origin in Historical Times)
  • "New Physics Supports Planetary Catastrophism", SIS C&C Review v1998 No.2
  • "The Electric Universe", SIS C&C Review v2000 No.1
  • "The Electric Universe", SIS C&C Review v2002 No.2
  • "Stars in an Electric Universe", Aeon vol.5 No.5 (Jan 2000)


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