G.R.Dixon Biographical Notes                                 

September, 2007                                                              

 

George Russell Dixon was born in Kingston, NY on April 8, 1938. His father, George C. Dixon, was partner with his grandfather, L.C.Dixon, in an animal feed business. His mother, Juanita, was ¼ Native American of unknown tribe. (Her grandfather had been orphaned as a boy and had been adopted and raised by a German immigrant family.)

George received a grade school education in Old Hurley, NY, and graduated from Kingston High School in 1955. He matriculated at Hamilton College in upstate New York. A "late bloomer," George experienced the full onslaught of adolescence toward the end of his sophomore year at college. He left Hamilton to serve a 4-year hitch in the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force sent him to The Air Force Language School at Syracuse University where he studied Russian for 9 months. He was then assigned to a 30-month tour of duty at Rhein-Main Air Base outside Frankfurt, Germany.

After being honorably discharged, George re-entered Hamilton and received a baccalaureate degree in 1963. His first job was with the GMC automobile assembly plant in Framingham, Massachusetts. He subsequently returned to Kingston and worked in his father’s business, which by then had added a Garden Center to the family enterprises. At that time he applied to the National Security Agency (NSA), whose existence he had learned of while serving as a Russian linguist/analyst in Germany. NSA interviewed and hired him as an analyst.

While working at NSA George met his wife, Marjorie. They were married in December, 1964. The following year George left NSA to study philosophy at Georgetown University. There he was introduced to Special Relativity Theory and began what would become a lifelong love affair with physics.

For the next 40 years George and Marjorie lived in many regions of America, working in both the aerospace/defense and commercial sectors. Along the way they raised two children, Dr. David Dixon (California) and Melissa Dixon (Colorado). George took several courses in physics at various schools, including Cornell, MIT, and the University of Colorado. Toward the end of his professional career George worked as a consultant in the Phoenix area, primarily in database design and development.

In 1999, at the age of 61, George experienced difficulty at a higher elevation property he and Marjorie had purchased in the Grand Canyon area. Subsequent tests determined that he required quad-bypass surgery, which he received in October of that year. After convalescing, he returned to his consulting career for another year and then retired.

Upon retiring, George began writing physics articles. He established a website (www.maxwellsociety.net) as a venue for this work.

In 2005 Marjorie retired from her position as a Vice President with JPMorgan Chase. George and Marjorie began their mutual retirement in a seniors community, where they paid monthly rent for the land their manufactured home sat on. Never completely comfortable with this arrangement, they located and purchased a pleasant lot with several citrus trees and with an older manufactured home sitting on it. The older home was subsequently "scraped" and replaced with a new, larger one.

Regarding the Maxwell Society website, one of the more interesting problems George has worked on is the physics of homopolar motors/generators … a phenomenon known since Faraday’s day (and one that has puzzled many physicists through the years). Having developed a certain expertise in computer-based modeling of relativistic phenomena, George determined that uncharged current loops are electrically polarized when they translate in their planes. The associated electric fields of such dipoles are not only consistent with the Lorentz field transformations, but explain some of the interesting results found experimentally (with spinning, disc-shaped magnets) by Guala-Valverde and others at the Julio-Palacio Institute in Argentina.

Some of the most popular articles on The Maxwell Society site have been in other areas, particularly the modeling of the quantum wave function as a spinning spiral and the derivation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution in velocity space.  More recently, influenced no doubt by Heisenberg's suggestion that if you can't observe  it then it's an empty concept, George has written on the "classical paradigm," and how the mindsets acquired from it probably hamper one's understanding of quantum theory.

All material on the Maxwell site is public domain and not protected by copyright laws.