Dr. Gerald Cleaver
Dr. Gerald Cleaver received his Ph.D. in Early Universe Cosmology and Superstrings at Caltech in 1993. John Schwarz, one of the founders of string theory, was my dissertation adviser. He now heads the Early Universe Cosmology and Superstrings Division of Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research. (Interstellar) space travel and the numerous associated cutting-edge scientific, engineering and technological issues have been interests of mine for several decades, even before string theory. Back in high school he was one of the founding members of an organization called “Nebraskans for the Advancement of Space Development,” which actively promoted NASA programs to the general public in the Midwest.
Being involved now in a project evaluating and exploring possible options for manned and unmanned interstellar travel is thrilling. Joining the Icarus Interstellar team is an opportunity to combine my theoretical particle physics/cosmology background with my space travel interests to pursue with team members challenging forefront issues. One such issue of leading interest to me is viable advanced propulsion systems that could make travel time to neighboring stars reasonable. Another is designing experiments ideal for conducting in interstellar space that can reveal much more about the nature of the universe, especially a deeper understanding of dark energy and dark matter.