On July 7, 2013, John O’Mara Bockris, formerly a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, died in his sleep at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He was ninety years old.
One of the most brilliant scientists of his times, his great passion was to save the world by solving its energy crisis. He worked on fuel cells, electric cars and alternate fuel sources. He was the Godfather of Electrochemistry and a fearless pioneer in the controversial discovery of “Cold Fusion.” He brought talented students from all over the world to work with him in his groups at Imperial College in London, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and Texas A&M. Professor Bockris regularly attended Scientific Conferences all over the world and built relationships with his peers in many countries, including Russia, Germany, France, England and Japan. He also published over seven hundred scientific papers and twenty-four books. Wherever he worked he was always on the cutting edge of the 20th century.
His hobbies were world travel, photography, gourmet dining and fast cars. A natty dresser and raconteur, John Bockris will best be remembered by many of his grateful students. He worked until his last week with an equally loyal staff at his house in Gainesville’s Haile Plantation. They will miss him. He was married to Dorothy Sainty 1946-1962, Helena Wroblowa 1964-1970, and Lily Altman 1970 to 2005. He is survived by his loving daughter, Anna Bockris, a retired schoolteacher in San Francisco, his devoted son, Victor Bockris, an author in Gainesville, and his step children Krystyna Knight of New Hope Pa and Debbie Connelly of Tampa Fl.
A memorial service will be held at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609, on September 7th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for the Bockris New Paradigm Fund to New Energy Foundation, P.O. Box 2816, Concord, NH 03302-2816. Monies will go toward the Foundation’s republication of John’s 2007 book The New Paradigm