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William R. Corliss: Last Of His Kind?

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:52:40 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:28:17 -0400
Subject: William R. Corliss: Last Of His Kind?


Author: Loren Coleman


The brief obit carried in the Baltimore Sun on July 13, 2011.

William Roger Corliss |

CORLISS , William Roger

On July 8, 2011, WILLIAM ROGER CORLISS, age 84. Mr. Corliss was
a Navy veteran having served during World War II. As a
physicist, he was Director of Advanced Programs in the Nuclear
Division at Martins in the 1960s. Later, he became a prolific
writer, authoring 57 books on atomic energy, space propulsion,
scientific satellites, teleoperators, wind tunnels, and
scientific anomalies in all fields of science. He was a loving
husband to his wife Virginia for 61 years, and is survived by
his wife; his four children, Cathleen, Stephen, Jim, and Laura
McCudden; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He will
always be remembered for his devotion to his wife and for his
sense of humor.

The family will be holding private services. Contributions in
his memory may be sent to his alma mater at The Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3164,
Boston, MA, 02241-3164.

Published in Baltimore Sun on July 13, 2011


His Wikipedia entry details his background, interests, and


[forteana] William R. Corliss: last of his kind?
Date: Jul 14, 2011 11:50 PM

I believe that with the passing of William Corliss, we have lost
the last researcher in the model of Charles Fort.

It's not that we don't have a lot of fine researchers today -
though they seem to be greying - but that we have a lot of
people like Loren and the UK crypto people who are specialists,
and engaged in fieldwork.

Corliss, like Fort before him, did no fieldwork, but synthesized
the work of other researchers from multiple fields to extract a
picture of the world that is experimentally and scientifically
verified yet still dramatically skewed to "conventional"

I never understood why smart physoics professors, for example,
didn't send their graduate students combing Crliss' work to find
thesis projects.

Well... I do understand: with today's funding world, everything
has to be goal-oriented and in line with the mentoring
professor's research - but I think it's a Bad Idea for science.

I'm curious to find out what is going to happen to his archives,
and if conceivably someone else will take over his work.


I just edited his Wikipedia page to reflect his passing - it's


Please make any corrections to my edit you please or add new
information if you have it.

Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]

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