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Dr. Peter Graneau
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Dr. Peter Graneau (About)
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(Died: February 25, 2014)
Research Scientist, Editor of Infinite Energy
Interests: New Energy, Newtonian Physics, Iaad, Mach's Principle, Water Arcing Age: 92

Peter Graneau was born March 21, 1921 in Lissau, Poland (in the German region) and earned both his BS (1955) and PhD (1962) from the University of Nottingham, England, where he still maintains his citizenship. Emigrating to the US in 1967, Dr. Graneau worked at Simplex Wire & Cable Co until F 1971, when he became a research scientist at M.I.T. In the early 1980s, Graneau's experiments with railguns led him to seek solutions based on Ampere's original force law as an alternative to the unsatisfactory solutions of conventional electrodynamics. In 1985 he moved to Northeastern University, where he conducted some of his most significant experiments before retiring in 1990. He proposed Amperian electrodynamics to explain longitudinal forces along the direction of current flow, and devised experiments to produce longitudinal explosions or arcs in water from these forces. Joined by his colleague and son Neal, Dr. Graneau has published dozens of articles and books demonstrating that Amperian action-at-a-distance mechanics explain many phenomena regarded as anomalies in mainstream science. Among the most interesting and incisive writers about the problems of contemporary physics today, their books include Newton versus Einstein (1993), Newtonian Electrodynamics (1996), and In the Grip of a Distant Universe (2006). The Graneau team numbers among the several dissidents who have produced convincing experimental evidence contradictory to the predictions of Maxwell-Lorentz-Einstein electrodynamic theory. The series of experiments on water arcing, detailed in Unlimited Renewable Solar Energy from Water (2006), has profound implications in the field of New Energy. In his retirement, he continues to co-edit Infinite Energy magazine.


  • "Steady-State Electrodynamics of a Cylindrical Body in Axial Motion," Journal of Electronics and Control, V14, p. 459 (1963).
  • "Application of Ampere's Force Law to Railgun Accelerators," Journal of Applied Physics, V53, N?, pp. 6642 (1982).
  • "Electromagnetic Jet-propulsion in the Direction of Current Flow," Nature, V295, pp. 311-312 (Jan 1982).
  • "Compatibility of the Ampere and Lorentz Force Laws with the Virtula Work Concept," Il Nouvo Cimento B, V78, N2, pp. 213 (1983).
  • "First Indication of Ampere Tension in Solid Electrical Conductors," Physics Letters A, V97, pp. 253-255 (1983).
  • "Ampere and Lorentz Forces," Physics Letters A, V107, N5, pp. 235 (1985).
  • "Comments on 'Equivalence of the Lorentz and Ampere Force Laws in Magnetostatics," Journal of Applied Physics, V58, N9, pp. 3638 (1985).
  • "Electrodynamic Explosions in Liquids," Applied Physics Letters, V46, N5, pp. 468-470 (1985). (with P. Neal Graneau)
  • "Powerful Water-Plasma Explosions," Physics Letters A, V117, N2, pp. 101-105 (1986). (with R. Azevedo, C. Millet & N. Graneau)
  • "The Electromagnetic Impulse Pendulum and Momentum Conservation," Il Nouvo Cimento D, V7, p. 31 (1986). (with P. Neal Graneau)
  • "Railgun Recoil and Relativity," Journal of Physics D, Applied Physics, V20, N3, pp. 391-393 (1987).
  • "Amperian Recoil and the Efficiency of Railguns," Journal of Applied Physics, V62, N?, pp. 3006-3009 (1987).
  • "Wire Explosions," Physics Letters A, V120, p. 77 (1987).
  • "Energy and Its Electrodynamic Mass," Physics Bulletin, V39, p. 136 (1988).
  • "Electrodynamic Water Arc Gun" (Presented at the 4th Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology, April 1988).
  • "Electromagnetic Momentum Measurements," Applied Physics, V21, N5, pp. 1826 (1988).
  • "The Cause of Thunder," Journal of Physics D, Applied Physics, V22, pp. 1083 (1989).
  • "Longitudinal Forces in Ampere's Wire-Arc Experiment", Physics letters A, V137, N3, pp. 87 (May 1989).
  • "The Motionally-Induced Back-EMF in Railguns," Physics Letters A, V145, p. 396 (1990). (with S. L. Morrill & D. S. Thompson)
  • "The Finite Size of the Metallic Current Element," Physics Letters A, V147, N2/3, pp. 92 (1990).
  • "Nonlocal Action in the Induction Motor", Foundations of Physics Letters, V4, N5, p. 499 (Oct 1991).
  • "Comment on "The Motionally Induced Back-EMF in Railguns", Physics Letters A, V160, N5, p. 490 (Dec 1991).
  • "The Role of Ampere forces in Nuclear Fusion", Physics Letters A, V165, N1, p. 1 (May 1992).
  • "Ampere Force Calculation for Filament Fusion Experiments", Physics Letters A, V174, N5/6,  p. 421 (Mar 1993).
  • "Solar-Energy Liberation from Water by Electric Arcs" (J. Plasma Physics, 60, 4, 1998).
  • "Arc-Liberated Chemical Energy Exceds Electrical Input Energy (J. Plasma Physics, 63, 2, 2000).
  • "Evidence of Thunder Being a Chemical Explosion of Air" (J. Plasma Physics, 69, 3, 2003).


Dr. Peter Graneau of Concord, MA died Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 at Rivercrest Nursing Home in Concord. He was born on March 13th 1921 in Silesia where his father was a landowner and business man. After the war, that part of Germany was annexed by Poland and his parents were able to move to a property they owned further west. Since his studies at the University of Berlin had been interrupted by the war, he was able to move to England, become a British subject and attend the University of Nottingham, where he was awarded the B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and PhD. Degrees. He was later appointed a Fellow of the British Institute of Physics.

After university, he joined a large industrial laboratory (British Insulated Callender's Cables) as assistant research manager and his aim was to bring about collaboration between industry and academia, at that time not a common practice. He was very successful in initiating many joined projects especially in the advancement of standard electrical cables, developing novel forms of electrical energy transmission and even contributing to the electrification of Britain's railway network.

In the early 1960's, he was asked to serve on a US committee under the auspices of the ?Highway Beautification Act?, championed by Lady Bird Johnson. His part in the grand scheme to improve the urban and rural US landscape was to underground the unsightly electrical overhead power corridors that blight the environment. He eventually forged a conglomerate of Simplex Wire & Cable, Arthur D. Little and MIT and in 1967, together with his wife and son, moved to Concord, Massachusetts to lead this project.

As a consequence of the Vietnam war, the funding for this enormous enterprise was withdrawn and he formed a consulting company called Underground Power Corporation and at the same time established an electrodynamics and power transmission laboratory at MIT with funding from the US National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. There he developed promising novel power transmission prototypes such as cryogenically cooled and sodium power cables and high voltage switchgear and filed many patents in the field. This work culminated in his first book, Underground Power Transmission (Wiley, 1979).

In his MIT laboratory in the late 1970's, he was also able to follow up lines of thought that had originally arisen in his PhD work. Research into the history, derivation and his recent experimental confirmations of the original law of electrodynamics proposed by Andre Marie Amp?re, provided a revolutionary insight into the inconsistencies within currently taught physics. It also shone a beacon into how modern physics could be simplified and rationalised by a return to the Newtonian concept of ?Instantaneous Action At A Distance?. This work would remain the basis and motivation for his research throughout the remainder of his career. He was able to take advantage of the ?in house? computer skills of his teen-age son to perform all of the calculations required to model the early electrodynamics experiments. This close scientific collaboration has continued until today and was a great pleasure for both men. His first book on the subject was entitled Ampere-Neumann Electrodynamics of Metals (Hadronic Press, 1984). While his son, Dr. Neal Graneau, was at Oxford University, UK, they co-authored two further books in this area, Newton vs. Einstein: How Matter Interacts with Matter (Carlton Press, 1993) and Newtonian Electrodynamics (World Scientific, 1996).

During the 1980's ? 90's, he was also a visiting professor at Northeastern University, Boston MA. During this time, he formed an international research team engaged in the high current pulsed arc liberation of stored hydrogen bond energy from water. He published more than a dozen papers in this area which has opened the door to a vast new source of clean and renewable energy. It is still an active area of research in the UK and The Netherlands.

His last book, also co-authored with his son, In the Grip of the Distant Universe: The Science of Inertia (World Scientific, 2006), explored the philosophical ramifications of his earlier electromagnetism work and applied it to understanding the fundamental force of inertia. The primary implication is that the inertia that we feel on earth and which makes all objects resist acceleration in proportion to their mass, is due to instantaneous force interactions between every atom and every other atom in the universe. This highly thought provoking ?preconventional? concept contradicts much of the philosophy of modern physics, but agrees with all known experiments and provides a vastly simpler framework with which to understand the laws of nature.

In 2006, he became an editor of the US journal ?Infinite Energy? and was able to contribute more broadly to unconventional energy research as well as furthering his renewable energy interests by promoting the science of liquid bond energy liberation for the benefit of mankind. In 2009, he received the Sagnac award from the Natural Philosophy Alliance ?in recognition of a lifetime commitment to excellence in scientific pursuit, for experiments in water plasma explosions and railgun recoils, and for theoretical presentations of Amperian longitudinal forces, instantaneous Machian interactions, and the unique role of water in renewable energy.? His publication list of 5 books and around 150 refereed publications leaves a lasting legacy in the fields of physics and engineering.

He is survived by his wife, Brigitte, an advisor in Fine Art. They were married in Buckfast Abbey, England in 1955 and their son Neal was born in London in 1963. After their move to the US in 1967, they made their home in Concord, where he loved to write, play tennis, sail and he thoroughly enjoyed life in the woods. Throughout his career, he nevertheless performed experiments in many laboratories throughout North America and Europe and especially enjoyed his professional visits to his son's pulsed power laboratory at the University of Oxford, UK. He was proud to have become one of Concord's authors, and will be laid to rest there in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 4th at 3:00 PM in the Duvall Chapel, Deaconess Rd, Newbury Court, Concord MA. A private family burial will be held in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr., Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To Share a remembrance in Dr. Peter Graneau's guest book visit www.deefuneralhome.com.