Richard L. Thompson 


  • B.S. 1969  Mathematics and physics, State University of New York at Binghamton.

  • M.A. 1970  Mathematics, Syracuse University.

  • Ph.D. 1974  Probability theory and statistical mechanics, Cornell University.



  • 1968–70, 1973.  General Aniline and Film (GAF) Corporation, Binghamton, New York. Computer programmer and mathematical consultant.
  • 1969 (Fall).  Teaching Assistant at Syracuse University. Taught analytic geometry.
  • 1970 (Spring).  N.S.F. Graduate Research Fellowship, Syracuse University.
  • 1970, 1971.  Teaching Assistant at Cornell University. Taught calculus, probability theory, and complex variables.
  • 1972.  Departmental Fellowship, Cornell University.
  • 1974.  Computer Science Corporation, Silver Springs, Maryland. Computer programming and development of satellite tracking methods.
  • 1975–1979.  Research, writing, and lecturing.
  • 1977 (October 15).  Presentation at the First International Scientific Conference on Life Comes from Life, “Demonstration By Information Theory That Life Cannot Arise From Matter,” and "Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Consciousness." Sponsored by the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and Institute for Higher Studies, Vrindavana, Mathura, India.
  • 1979.  Presentation at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, “Information and Random Automata,” BiloxiMississippi.
  • 1980, 1982–1983.  State University of New York at Binghamton. Taught computer programming and participated in research in theoretical biology, the analysis of protein structure, and remote sensing.
  • 1984–1985.  Post Doctoral Fellow at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, England. Research in quantum theory and continuing research in theoretical biology.
  • 1985 (March 12). Presentation at the TCM Informal Seminars (Theory of Condensed Matter Group), "Physics and the Effort to Formulate a Universal World-View." Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1985–1987.  Research Fellow at La Jolla Institute, Division of Applied Nonlinear Problems, La Jolla, CA. Research in theoretical biology.
  • 1986.  Presentation at the First World Congress on the Synthesis of Science and Religion, “God and the Laws of Physics,” held in Bombay, India.
  • 1987.  Presentation at the Artificial Life Workshop VI, "Movable Finite Automata (MFA): A New Tool for Computer Modeling of Living Systems." Sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute: Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, held September in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Jointly sponsored by the Center for Nonlinear Studies, the Santa Fe Institute, and Apple Computer Inc.
  • 1987.  Presentation with Narendra S. Goel at the International Symposium on Organizational Constraints on the Dynamics of Evolution, “Biological Automata Models and Evolution I: The role of computer modeling in theories of evolution and the origins of life,” and “Biological Automata Models and Evolution II: The evolution of macromolecular machinery.” Held at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. 
  • 1987.  Founded Govardhan Hill Productions, a nonprofit company, to publish books and make educational videos on scientific and philosophical topics.
  • 1987–1995.  Research, writing, and lecturing. Extensive travel in India.
  • 1990 (February 6).  Presentation at the Artificial Life Workshop: Emergence Evolution, "A Self-assembling Model of a Bacterial Flagellar Motor." Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • 1990 (February 17–18).  Presentation at the Bhaktivedanta Institute International Conference on the Study of Consciousness Within Science, “A Trans-Temporal Approach to Mind-Brain Interaction,” San Francisco.
  • 1991 (February 19).  Presentation at the Bhaktivedanta Institute Colloquium on Consciousness and Science, “Hard Evidences for Mind/Brain Interaction,” held at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • 1992 (June 19).  Bhaktivedanta Institute Panel Discussion “Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett,” with panelists Michael Fehling (Stanford), Bruce Mangan (UC Berkeley), and Bernard Baars (Wright Institute), held at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • 1992-1996.  Vedic Cultural Foundation, Inc. Consultant for the Vedic Science Museum and Cultural Center project proposal, intended for construction in the USA.
  • 1993 (Aug–Sep).  Presentation at the centennial celebration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, "The Relation Between Science and Religion: The Contribution of Gaudiya Vaishnavism."
  • 1994 (January).  Presentation at the International Symposium of Ancient Indian Chronology, “On the Antiquity of the Star Coordinates from the Indian Jyotisa Sastras.” B. M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India.
  • 1995-2000.  Consultant for the Computer Science Department of Wayne State University. Research in remote sensing for NASA.
  • 1996 (October 4–6).  Presentation at the International Conference on Indus Sarasvati Age and Ancient India, “Anomalous Textual Artifacts in Archeo-astronomy.” Sponsored by The World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), held in Atlanta, GA. 
  • 2000–2008.  Co-founder and President of Size8 Software, Inc. Ongoing development of “software solutions for the animation, apparel, and gaming industries” utilizing 3D clothing simulation.
  • 2004 (May 5).  Presentation at The Center for Indic Studies, “The Encoding of Knowledge in an Ancient Sanskrit Text.” University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • 2004 (May 6).  Presentation at The Center for Indic Studies, Patanjali Series Lecture, “An Accurate Map of the Solar System in an Ancient Sanskrit Text.” University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • 2006–2008.  Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Research & Planning Committee.
  • 2007 (December 15–17).  Presentation at the Second Annual ISKCON Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference, “Interpretation and the Srimad-Bhagavatam.” New Vrindavana, West Virginia.