I am a M.S. inorganic chemist with my degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1985. My degree is a virtual Ph.D. because I finished all research and my dissertation but I could not stand for my defense of thesis because my department ran out of fellowship funds and I could not continue unless I paid tuition. I was already maxed out for student loans, so I had to settle for an M.S. But, I have had all the courses required of this physical science specialization, including advanced mathematics, and I even have a background in the physics of materials science.
My cousin, Allan Fries, was an astronomer. Together we talked science while he inspired me to volunteer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as he did. He lectured there and gave “Sky Shows” using the Zeiss Optical Planetarium Projector. I helped out in the library. I gained an interest in stellar and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and this developed into my present interest in cosmology. I am now studying general relativity with an eye toward developing a new metric that will allow an hyperbolic black-hole gravitational field that declines as 1/kr instead of 1/r^2. The hyperbolic black-hole galactic and universe gravitational field is key to my current series of posts.