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Gary Taubes Depicts Texas A&M Chemists as Frauds (1990)
Research and Compilation by Steven B. Krivit x
Summary By Steven B. Krivit

In 1990, freelance journalist Gary Taubes wrote a news story and depicted pre-eminent electrochemist John O'Mara Bockris of Texas A&M University, and his graduate student, Nigel Packham, as science frauds. The article, which published on June 15, 1990 in Science, gave the impression that they had spiked their "cold fusion" cells with tritium.

There had been no university investigation, let alone official determination. By his own admission, Taubes had no material evidence, "no smoking gun," as he wrote. There were no witnesses. Only paranoia and suspicion. Taubes and Science nevertheless depicted Bockris and Packham as frauds by the use of innuendo, gossip and rumors.

 
Timeline and Document Index of Taubes' 1990 Depiction of Tritium Fraud
Bockris' Letter to Taubes, March 19, 1990 (pdf) (unprocessed pdf)
Science Media Advisory, June 13, 1990 (pdf)
Science: Cold Fusion Conundrum at Texas A&M, June 15, 1990 (pdf)
Edmund Storms' Letter (never published) to Science, June 25, 1990 (pdf) (unprocessed pdf)
Bockris' Letter (never published) to Science, June 29, 1990 (pdf)
Bockris' Note Concerning an Article by Taubes Which Was Published in Science: (date estimated July 1, 1990) (pdf) (unprocessed pdf)
Bockris' Answer to an Assault on Legitimate Research , & Suggestions of Fraud, in an Article Published in Science, July 9, 1990: The complete retrospective, as written by John Bockris (pdf) (unprocessed pdf)
Bockris to Taubes, Sept. 10, 1992
 
1993 Academic Inquiries in Response to Bockris' LENR Transmutation Research
Frank Albert Cotton's Request for Bockris Revocation, Dec. 21, 1993
Letters of Support to Bockris, Dec. 1993 - Jan. 1994
Lily Bockris Letter to Provost Robert Kennedy, Jan. 3, 1994
University of Florida Cancellation, Jan. 10, 1994
Texas A&M University Committee of Inquiry Report, Jan. 31, 1994
The Silent Majority of the Chemistry Department, Feb. 7, 1994
Letter from Marcetta Darensbourg Urging Him to Recant, Feb. 14, 1994
Lily Bockris: "Grievances of a Faculty Wife," Aug. 30, 1995
John Bockris: "Statement Of The Grievance Against Texas A&M University," September 1995
Bockris to Krivit, July 15, 2004
Bockris to Krivit, July 28, 2004
 
Other Bockris Documents
Accountability and Academic Freedom: The Battle Concerning Research on Cold Fusion at Texas A&M University, by John Bockris (2000) (pdf)

 
Wolf's Tritium Papers
Wolf, Kevin L., Packham, Nigel. J. C., Lawson, Del, Shoemaker, John, Cheng, Frank, and Wass, Jeff C., Preprint of "Neutron Emission and the Tritium Content Associated with Deuterium-Loaded Palladium and Titanium Metals," presented at May, 1989, DOE Santa Fe Workshop (Aug. 1989)
Packham, Nigel. J. C., Wolf, Kevin L., Wass, Jeff C., Kainthla, Ramesh C. and Bockris, John O'Mara, "Production of Tritium from D2O Electrolysis at a Palladium Cathode," Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 270, p. 451-458, (1989)
Wolf, Kevin L., Lawson, Del, Packham, Nigel. J. C. and Wass, Jeff C., "A Search for Neutrons and Gamma Rays Associated with Tritium Production in Deuterided Metals," Proceedings of NSF/EPRI Workshop on Anomalous Effects in Deuterided Metals, October 16-18, 1989, Washington, D.C., p. 8-1-8-20, pub.: August 1993
Wolf, Kevin L., Packham, Nigel. J. C., Lawson, Del, Shoemaker, John, Cheng, Frank, and Wass, Jeff C., "Neutron Emission and the Tritium Content Associated with Deuterium-Loaded Palladium and Titanium Metals," Journal of Fusion Energy 9(2), p. 105-113, (June 1990)