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Twenty-two years ago on March 23, 1989, the science world was stunned when chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced they had produced deuterium nuclear fusion in a test tube that produced 4 megajoules of energy. The megajoule (MJ) is equal to one million joules, or approximately the kinetic energy of a one-ton vehicle moving at 100 mph (160 km/h). At the time, Stanley Pons, Ph.D., was Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the University of Utah . Working with him was retired British electrochemist, Martin Fleishmann, Ph.D., a Fellow of the Royal Society in Great Britain, who had received the 1985 Palladium Medal from the U. S. Electrochemical Society. The two scientists originally met in England in 1975 at the University of Southampton where University of Michigan student Stanley Pons completed his Ph.D. and Martin Fleischmann was a Professor of Electrochemistry.

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