Robert Stephen Fritzius
Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue (1966).
Lieutenant, United States Navy Reserve, (Retired)
Employment and Avocation History
Jun 2013-May 2017 - Wing Historian, Mississippi Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
1997-present - Mostly conducting self-directed studies and publishing
findings at www.ShadeTreePhysics.com
Jun 1994-Dec 2001 - Telecommunications Specialist (Personal Wireless
Communications Systems Manager and Installation Radio Frequency
Spectrum Manager) at Columbus Air Force Base, Columbus, MS.
1989-1993 - Research Assistant in Mosquito Research, working in a
ecological survey and an
resistance study on Anopheles quadrimaculatus and related mosquitoes
in Mississippi. Used starch gel electrophoresis for species identification.
Wrote and used Artificial Intelligence (neural net) software to assist in
the identifications. Department of Entomology, Mississippi State
University. [Our statewide ecological survey data was incorporated in
Distribution of Members of Anopheles quadrimaculatus
Say s.l. (Diptera: Culicidae) and Implications for Their Roles in Malaria
Transmission in the United States" Rebecca S. Levine, A. Townsend Peterson,
and Mark Q. Benedict, J. Med. Entomol. 41(4): 607-613 (2004).]
1986-1987 - Designed and built prototype Ventriloquist
voice-activated radio-controlled skeet and trap launch triggering systems
for the Computer Learning Works, LLC, at Starkville, MS.
Details on third generation models are available at:
1984-1985 - DBA Robert Fritzius Technical Services - Computer programmer in
BASIC in areas of Lumber Yard Product Tracking, Computer Aided JTPA lessons,
HVAC Energy Management, and Business Systems Data Base Translations.
Performed CP/M to MS-DOS, Commodore to Apple II, and Commodore to IBM-PC
inter-platform porting of BASIC software packages.
1981-1983 - Worked as computer programmer (prototype GIS software in
BASIC) in Insect Pest Management for Cooperative Extension Service,
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.
1980-1981 - Participated in 1980 excavations at Halutza
in the northern Negev of Israel and illustrated a monograph on Cathedrals
of the Negev.
1978-1980 - Studied mechanical engineering and Palestinian archaeology.
Debugged FORTRAN software and conducted data
analysis using the software for statewide public schools energy audits.
Mississippi State University.
Feb 1978 - Retired from Navy as Lieutenant USNR.
1975-1977 - Electronic Warfare troubleshooter, including Satellite
Communications Systems. Co-designer of radio frequency Jamming
tests for Global Positioning System (GPS). Air Force Electronic
Warfare Center, Kelly Air Force Base, TX.
1973-1975 - Officer-In-Charge - Intermediate Avionics Maintenance,
and Special Configurations Officer. Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron
ONE (VQ1), Naval Air Station, Agana, Guam.
1971-1973 - Electronic Warfare Division Officer. Designed and Conducted
Link 4A Air Tactical Data System (ATDS) Jamming Vulnerability Study.
Naval Missile Center, Pt. Mugu CA.
1970-1971 - Communications Engineer (Long Lines for Voice, Teletype,
Secure Voice, data and AUTODIN). Defense Communications Agency -
Southeast Asia Mainland, Saigon (DCA-SAM), Republic of Viet Nam.
1968-1970 - Airborne Communications Systems Evaluator. Evaluated Link 11
airborne-to-shipboard high frequency tactical data links, airborne UHF
relay, shipboard infra-red decoys, and assisted in evaluation of air-to-sea
RADAR seekers versus shipboard electronic countermeasures. Deputy Commander
Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Pacific, San Diego CA.
1968 - Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in F-8 Crusader aircraft. Fighter
Training Squadron 124. Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA. Terminated
flying status in Apr 1968.
1966-1967 - Student Naval Aviator (Jet pipeline). Naval Air Training Command.
Pensacola FL, Meridian MS, Kingsville TX. Designated as Naval Aviator
in Nov 1967.
1966 Attended Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport RI. Commissioned as Ensign,
USN, May 1966.
1962-1966 - Studied undergraduate electrical engineering at Purdue University
in the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). Promoted to
Navy Chief Electronics Technician in 1965. Graduated with BS in Electrical
Engineering in Jan 1966.
1961-1962 - TACAN Maintenance Technician. Supervised maintenance of
ground radio transmitters and receivers for air-to-ground communications.
Naval Ordnance Testing Station, China Lake, CA.
1960-1961 - Shipboard Electronics Technician (RADAR, HF and UHF
Communications, and SONAR).
U.S.S. Ruff MSC(O) 54, Everett, WA.
1959-1960 - Maintained frequency shift keyers (FSK) for HF Radio Transmitters,
frequency measuring equipment, and a pulse-position-modulation (PPM) multichannel
radio link. Maintained the station's Time Standard under the auspices of
the National Bureau of Standards. Performed crystal grinding to tailor quartz
crystals for use in radio frequency determining circuits. Naval Communications
1958 - Studied Electronics theory and RADAR / IFF maintenance. Naval
Schools Command, Electronics Technician (A) School, Treasure Island,
San Francisco, CA.
1958 - Enlisted in United States Navy.
American Association of Variable Star Observers
(In alphabetical order)
American Astronomical Society (AAS) -
Associate member (2001 - 2011)
Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster troop 90, Everett, WA (1960-1961)
Civil Air Patrol, 1954-1957 (cadet), (1980-1981), (2013-2017)
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
(Associate member 2004-2007)
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
- Precip Observer (2009 - 2016)
Mississippi Academy of Sciences
(1992 - 2008)
John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society (1994 - Present)
Rainwater Astronomical Association - French Camp, MS (1990 - Present)
The American Institute of Aeronatics and Astronautics (AIAA) (1972-1973)
The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) -
Retired member (2010 - Present)
Venus Exploration Analysis Group
(VEXAG) - (2007 - present)
VQ Association - Navy Airborne (SIGINT) Reconnaissance
Yale Summer Workshop on Basic Astrometric Methods, Jul 2005,
New Haven, CT.
U. S. Air Force, Installation Spectrum Management, Oct 1999,
Randolph AFB. TX.
Picturetel S4000 Videoconferencing System, Theory, Operation and Maintenance,
Aug 1994, Danvers, MA.
U.S. Naval Aviator Training (Jet Pipeline) 1966-1967
U.S. Navy Electronics Technician (C) School, TACAN Maintenance, Jan-Feb 1961,
San Francisco, CA.
U.S. Navy Electronics Technician (A) School, May-Nov 1961,
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
Bull, R.J. and Fritzius, R.S. “The Ceiling Splay.” In The Joint Expedition to Caesarea
Maritima Excavation Reports Volume II: The Mithraeum at Caesarea Maritima, by Robert Jehu Bull
with Jane DeRose Evans, Alexandra L. Ratzlaff, Andrew H. Bobeck, and Robert S. Fritzius. The
American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Reports 25, Boston, MA. 27 Jun 2017
Khirfan, M., Fritzius, R. S., and Reimold, W. U., "A Small Possible
Impact Structure South of Amman, Jordan," Poster given at the 2nd
Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference in Casablanca,
Morocco, 13-15 Nov 2011.
Gave a "communication" on Walther Ritz's electrodynamics and gravitation theory at the
Colloque scientifique sur l'oeuvre de Walther Ritz,
Aula du Lycée-Collège de Creusets, Sion, Switzerland, 17-19 septembre 2009.
Fritzius, R. S., "Is Venus A New Planet?"
Poster 65.01, American Astronomical Society - Division for Planetary
Sciences, Conference, Orlando, Florida, 7-12 Oct 2007
Fritzius, R.S., Gamma-Ray Bursts: Sans Second
Postulate, Poster P3 0010, Session E1.1, 35th COSPAR Scientific
Assembly, Paris, France, 19-21 Jul 2004.
Fritzius, R.S., A Possible Effect of GRB990510 on
the Solar Wind, Poster 87.06, American Astronomical Society 203rd
Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 4-8 Jan 2004.
Fritzius, R.S., GRB 990510 as the Cause of the May 10, 1999 Solar Wind
Stoppage; Oral presentation given at the sixty-seventh annual meeting of
the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, in Hattiesburg, MS,
14 Feb 2003. See: GRB 990510 and a
Solar Wind Problem for most of the details.
Fritzius, R.S., Applying Extinction Limited Ritzian
Relativity to Current Astrophysical Problems, Poster number 7,
National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium
"Challenges to the Standard Paradigm: Fundamental
Physics and Cosmology," The Beckman Center, Irvine, CA, 1-3 Nov 2002.
Fritzius, R.S., A Search for Evidence of
Interplanetary and Atmospheric Microbial Delivery Systems, Poster
Number 32-12, American Astronomical Society,
Division of Planetary Sciences meeting, Birmingham, AL, 6-11 Oct 2002.
Fritzius, R.S., Star Map in Galactic Perspective -
(2000 - present. - Work in progress.)
Fritzius, R.S., A Ritzian Interpretation of Variable
Stars, Presented at the Galileo Back in Italy - II Conference at the
University of Bologna, Italy, 26-28 May (1999). An abbreviated version of
this paper, which focused on gamma ray bursts, was presented as Theoretical
Poster 37 at the
Fifth Huntsville Gamma Ray Burst Symposium 18-22 Oct (1999).
Fritzius, R.S., Emission-Absorption-Scattering (EAS)
Sub Quantum Physics, AAAS SWARM Division meeting at Texas A&M - NPA
Symposium, May (1997).
Fritzius, R.S., The Possibility that QSOs are Non-Cosmological in
Origin, AAAS SWARM Division meeting at Arizona State University -
NPA Symposium, Jun (1996).
Fritzius, R.S., Galilean Relativity and Spectroscopic Binary
Brightness/Velocity Curves, AAAS SWARM Division Annual Meeting at
University of Oklahoma - NPA Symposium, May (1995).
Fritzius, R.S., "Variable Electrical Charge Cosmological Redshift,"
AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting at San Francisco State University -
NPA Symposium, Jun (1994).
Mallet, J.L. and R.S. Fritzius, "Genetic Evidence for Insecticide
Resistance in Sibling Species of the Mosquito Anopheles
quadrimaculatus," Resistant Pest Management, 5, 25-26
Fritzius, R.S., "Computer Modelling Olber's Paradox," Mississippi Academy
of Sciences - 56th Annual Meeting, Biloxi, MS, Feb (1992).
Fritzius, R.S., Emission-Absorption-Scattering
(EAS) Particle Physics, Russian translation (16 GIFs) - Invited paper
at International Conference on Sir Isaac Newton, Russian Academy of
Science, St. Petersburg Russia, Mar (1993).
Fritzius, R.S., The Ritz-Einstein Agreement to
Disagree, Physics Essays, 4, 371-374 (1990).
Negev, A., "The Cathedral at Elusa and the New Typology and Chronology
of the Byzantine Churches in the Negev", Liber Annuus, 39,
129-142 (1989). Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem. (Plans 1,3
and Figs 1-12 - Isometric reconstructions of mono-apsidal to tri-apsidal
transitions, by R.S. Fritzius.)
Fritzius, R.S., "Mapping Gamma Ray Bursters",
Mississippi Academy of Sciences - Annual meeting, Jackson MS, Feb (1989).
Observer at the conference "The Problem of Space and
Time in Modern Physics" at Pulkovo Observatory, Leningrad, Russia, Mar (1989).
Fritzius, R.S., Cosmological Red Shift,
Technote I-88, Magnolia Scientific Research Group,
Starkville, MS (1988).
Provisional map of the archaeological site of Elusa, Israel, Figure 63,
P. 119, in Negev, Avraham, Nabatean Archeology Today, New York University
Press, 1986. (Elusa is 22 km Southwest of Be'er Sheva.)
Leach, Robert A.,
The Chiropractic Theories, Illustrated by R.S.Fritzius,
Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD (1986).
Bonner, F.T. and R.S. Fritzius, "Computer Program for Graphically Displaying
Two-Way Thermogradient Plate Seed Germination Data," USDA Forest Service,
Southern Forest Experiment Station, Starkville, MS (1985).
Ritz, W., Critical Researches
on General Electrodynamics, Editor/Publisher of English translation of
Introduction and First Part of "Recherches Critiques Sur L'Electrodynamique
Generale," Annales de Chimie et de Physique, 13, 145-209 (1908).
Co-editor with Yefim Bakman of Tel Aviv University of Second Part (pages
209-275) in 2005.
Powe, R.E., R.E. Forbes, B.K. Hodge, D.G. Hotard, M.W. Parker,
R.S. Fritzius, Development of Energy Audit Program for Elementary and
Secondary Schools in Mississippi, Engineering and Industrial
Research Station, College of Engineering/Mississippi State University,
U.S. Patent 3638058 for an
Ion Wind Generator. A corona discharge system configured for neutralizing ionized air stream (1972).
Intended use - (not pursued) - aero-electric propulsion. (Inspired by
Major DeSeversky's early 1960's ion-propelled lifting system.)
Fritzius, R.S., Star Atlas in Galactic Perspective, (1972).
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Art (pen and ink), choral performance, archaeology, astronomy, gamma ray
bursters, grand synthesis, Venusian astrobiology, variable electric charge
cosmological redshift, pulsars, quasars, time, putting Newton back
into physics, Ritz's electrodynamics, Velikovsky's catastrophism.
Write QuickBASIC computer programs to model natural systems. Examples:
D-CEPHEI models Vladimir Sekerin's C+V hypothesis
for brightness and apparent velocity variations of spectroscopic binary stars.
electron-proton collisions leading to the braking action of bremsstrahlung.
simple digital holograms with provisions for the operator to vary the geometry of the
Robert is Married to Myra Jane (DaVault) Fritzius, from Missouri.
He was married to Billie Jean (Dunnam) Fritzius from 1967 to 1976. Billie
Jean, who was from Mississippi, died in 1976.