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Dr. Melvin L. Prueitt

Dr. Mel Prueitt, the world-renowned scientist behind the technologies featured on this site, has conducted fifty years of innovative research and product development in clean energy, water production and purification, energy efficiency and other ground-breaking areas. SolTerrah was formed to organize, manage, fund and develop Dr. Prueitt's technologies to the fullest with forward-thinking partners and stakeholders. His cutting edge inventions have the potential to provide life-changing solutions to many of the most important problems that we face today and in the future.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, Brigham Young University, 1960.

Master of Science in Physics, University of Arizona, 1962.

Ph.D. in Physics, University of New Mexico, 1970.


Scientific Advisor, Suntrof LLC, 2007 – present.

Scientific Consultant, Sustainable Resources, Inc., 2005 – present.

President of Hydro-Air Technologies, 1997 – 2004.

Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1993 - 1997.

Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1962 – 1993.

Research on lightning, University of Arizona,1961 - 1962.

Research at EG&G, Nevada Test Site, summer of 1960.

National Science Foundation Fellowship for Research, summer of 1959 at University of Utah.


Computer Graphics, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1975.

Art and the Computer, McGraw-Hill, 1984. English version and translations in German, French, Italian and Spanish. Introduction by Carl Sagan.

Hansen-Roach Cross Sections, a Graphical Presentation, Normal L. Pruvost and Melvin L. Prueitt, LALP-88-20, October 1988, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Patents (19, with 9 pending):

  • Dynamic Color Pattern Generator, U.S. Patent No. 3,945,772, March 23, 1976.
  • Leg Extension Jumpers, U.S. Patent No. 4,449,256, May 22, 1984.
  • Apparatus Having Reduced Mechanical Forces for Supporting High Magnetic Fields. U.S. Patent No. 4,992,696, February 12, 1991.
  • Apparatus for Storing High Magnetic Fields Having Reduced Mechanical Forces and Reduced Magnetic Pollution, U.S. Patent No. 5,006,672, April 9, 1991.
  • Convection Towers, U.S. Patent No. 5,284,628, February 8, 1994.
  • Compact Magnetic Energy Storage Module, U.S. Patent No. 5,374,914, December 20, 1994.
  • Convection Towers, U.S. Patent No. 5,395,598, March 7, 1995.
  • Convection Towers, U.S. Patent No. 5,477,684, December 26, 1995.
  • Convection Towers, U.S. Patent No. 5,483,798, January 16, 1996.
  • Hydro-Air Renewable Power System, U.S. Patent No. 5,551,238, September 3, 1996.
  • Hydro-Air Renewable Power System, U.S. Patent No. 5,784,886, July 28, 1998.
  • Hydro-Air Renewable Power System (Concentrator), U.S. Patent No. 5,992,151, November 30, 1999.
  • Air Conditioner Energy System, U.S. Patent No. 6,006,538, December 28, 1999.
  • Evaporation Driven System for Power Generation and Water Desalination, U.S. Patent No. 6,185,940, Feb. 13,2001.
  • Solar Power Generation and Energy Storage System, U.S. Patent No. 6,223,743, May 1,2001.
  • Solar Power Generation and Energy Storage System, U.S. Patent No. 6,374,614,
  • April 23, 2002.
  • Apparatus Using Oscillating Rotating Pistons. U.S. Patent No. 6,401,686, June 11, 2002.
  • Solar Energy Desalination System, U.S. Patent No. 6,804,962, October 19, 2004.
  • Vapor-Powered Kinetic Pump, U.S. Patent No. 7,021,900, April 4, 2006..

Nine patents pending.


Listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America Index, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement, and Contemporary Authors.

Was the first to determine the temperature of lightning strokes.

IEEE 1998 Pioneer Award in Computer Science.

Encyclopedia Britannica developed a “Mel Prueitt Award for Outstanding Scientific Writing,” to be awarded to other science writers in honor of Prueitt’s lead feature article in Britannica’s 1983 Yearbook of Science and the Future.

Computer Graphics

Dr. Prueitt’s computer images have been seen by over 500 million people worldwide in such publications as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Art, Newsweek, New York Times, Science, Nature, Scientific American, Encyclopaedia Britannica, in three Star Trek movies, on national and international TV, museums, in hundreds of magazines, book covers, calendars, music albums, etc. To see some of Dr. Prueitt’s graphics, go to

Publications, other than books (35)

Melvin L. Prueitt, “The Excitation Temperature of Lightning” Journal Geophysical Res. 68, No.3 - February 1963.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Computer Simulation of Molecular Dynamics” LA-4696 – June 1, 1971 Los Alamos National Laboratory, 157 pages.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Fantastic computer Pictures Give Us A New Look at Numbers” Popular Science – February 1973.

Melvin L. Prueitt “Megelevenedett Kepletek” Delta (a Hungarian Science Magazine) – October 1973.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Applications of Computer-Generated Perspective Plots” Second Annual AEC Scientific Computer Information Exchange meeting – May 2-3, 1974, New York City, pages 296-320.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “From Data to Dimension: Computer Drawn Graphics for Science” Functional Photography, January 1976.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “A Program Called ANIMINT” international Conference, Interactive Techniques in Computer Aided Design, Bologna, Italy - September 21-23, 1978, pages 51-53.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “New Frontiers in 3-D,” Digital Design, V.10, No.6 – June 1980.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Through the Computer’s Eye,” The Science Teacher, V.49, No.8 – November 1982, pages 18-22 and cover.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Computer Graphics: A Lens for the Mind’s Eye,” lead feature article, Encyclopaedia Britannica 1983 Yearbook of Science and the Future.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Computer Graphics,” Livro Do Ano Ciencia E. Tecnologia (Brazil) – 1983.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Cray on Art,” Discover, November 1983, pages 68-75.

Steven H. Strogatz, Melvin L. Prueitt and Arthur T. Winfree, “Exotic Shapes in Chemistry and Biology,” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, V.4, No.1 – January 1984.

Melvin L. Prueitt and Leigh House, “Pseudo 3-D Movie of Microseismicity,” American Geophysical Union Fall Annual Meeting – December 3-7, 1984.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Michelangelos of the Microchip,” The Science Teacher, V.52, No.4 – April 1984, pages 20-23.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Der Computer als Werkzeug der Kunstlers,” IO Management Zeitschrift, No.9 – September 1985, pages A36-A40.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Computer Art,” The Perfection Form Co. (a booklet for high school computer students) Logan, Iowa – 1985.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “The New Age of Art,” The Futurist, a journal of forecasts, trends and ideas about the future – March/April 1986.

G. Daalderop, Melvin L. Prueitt and Fred Mueller, “Wannier Functions for Transition Metal Compounds,” APS meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada – March 31-April 4, 1986.

Fred Mueller, G. Daalderop and Melvin L. Prueitt, “Do Heavy Fermion Transition Metal Compounds Exist?” APS meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada – March 31-April 4, 1986.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Scientific Applications of Computer Graphics,” The Visual Computer, International Journal of Computer Graphics, V.2, No.3 – July 1986, pages 189-190.

Fred Mueller, G. Daalderop, S. P. Chen and Melvin L. Prueitt, “Theory of Weakly Ferromagnetic Materials in High (Megagauss) Magnetic Fields,” Fourth International Conference on Megagauss Magnetic Field Generation and Related Topics – July 14-17, 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Bug Wars vs. Star Wars,” The Futurist, September/October 1986.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “A Window on Science,” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, V.7, No.9 - September 1987, pages 4 – 8, and cover illustration.

Robert W. Fox, Allen Carroll, Melvin L. Prueitt, “Population Images,” The Futurist, March-April, 1988.

F. M. Mueller, SP Chen, M. L. Prueitt, J. F. Smith, J. L. Smith and D. Wohlleben “Coherent Twin Boundaries in 1-2-3 Superconducting Oxides,” Physical Review B37, P5837–1988.

F. M. Mueller, S.P. Chen, M.L. Prueitt, J.L. Smith, and D. Wohlleben, “Coherent Twin Boundaries in High-T Superconducting Oxides,” Physical Review B, Vol. 37, No. 10., April 1, 1989.

F. M. Mueller, K. A. Johnson, W. J. Medina, A. R. Mathei, C. L. Talcott, E. K. Storms, J. W. Shaner, B. L. Freeman, J. E. Vorthman, M. M. Fowler, A. M. Boring, R. J. LeClaire, S. Marsh, M. L. Prueitt “Search for Fusion in Devterated Transition Metals: Dynamical Pressures above 1 Megabar,” Workshop of Cold Fusion Phenomena – May 23-25, 1989 Santa Fe, New Mexico.

M. E. McHenry, J. M. MacLaren, D. D. Vvedensky, M. E. Eberhart, M. L. Prueitt, “Formation of Local Moments on Iron in Alkali-Metal Hosts,” Submitted to Physical Review Letters.

P. M. Mueller, C. M. Fowler, B. L. Freeman, J. C. King, A. R. Martinez, N. M. Montoya, J. L. Smith, W. L. Hults, A. Migliori, Z. Fisk, A. J. Arko, R. S. List, R. B. Schwarz, J. F. Smith, M. L. Prueitt, “Measurement of the de Hass van Alphen Effect in 100+ Tesla Pulsed Magnetic Fields,” March 1990 Meeting of the American Physical Society, Anaheim, CA.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Scientific Visualization at Los Alamos,” Performance Instrumentation and Visualization, ACM Press, Addison-Wesley Publishing, New York, NY, Edited by Margaret Simmons and Rebecca Koskela, pp. 47-53, 1990.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Your Partner’s Happiness,” Ensign Magazine, Jan. 1992.

F. M. Mueller, C. M. Fowler, B. L. Freeman, J. C. King, A. R. Martinez, N. M. Montoya, J. L. Smith, W. L. Hults, A. Migliori, Z. Fisk, A. J. Arko, R. S. List, R. B. Schwarz, M. L. Prueitt, “Theory of the de Hass van Alphen Effect in Pulsed Magnetic Fields,” accepted by Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “Convection Towers for Generation of Electric Power and Reducing Air Pollution,” Environmental Aspects of Plasma Science, AIP Press, Edited by Walter Manheimer, Linda Sugiyama and Thomas Stix, 1996.

Melvin L. Prueitt, “The Ultimate Solar Cell,” The World and I, December 1996.


Dr. Prueitt has been asked to speak at many seminars, banquets and courses at universities, schools, research institutions and businesses. In March 1985, he was an invited speaker at a meeting called “Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information” before the Congress of the United States Office of Technology Assessment.

He presented five lectures in the Ralph M Johnson Distinguished Guest Lecture Series, June 18-22, 1990 at Utah State University. He was an invited speaker at Smithsonian Institution’s “Infinite Illusions” September 12, 1990.


Dr. Prueitt is currently in charge of overseeing the development of the Kinetic Pump and solar-powered desalination system. He is also working on the development of Suntrof, a new type of solar trough collector.

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