About the authors


ROBERT WAGERS 
holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He spent most of his professional career developing technology for optical and electrical signal processing systems.
Two of his research activities are specifically relevant to the subjects investigated in Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed.
His three years of postgraduate research in plasma physics at the Institute for Plasma Research at Stanford University position him well to assess the common assertion that “ball lightning” is responsible for the Marfa lights.
Similarly, sixteen years of research on ultrasonic wave phenomena in piezoelectric crystals enable a critical evaluation of the assertion that the Marfa lights come from crystals under pressure.
Dr. Wagers has technological experience in two other areas that are particularly relevant to this book. He spent two years developing imaging systems that utilize charge-coupled devices, and he served as technical leader in the design of a hyperspectral imaging satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Wagers is a Rhodes Scholar and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is the author of 56 critically-reviewed scientific publications and 12 U.S. Patents. He is retired and conducts investigations, such as the ones in this book, for the pure joy of discovery.
 
JUDY WAGERS has master's degrees in both English and business administration. She began her professional career as an editor and project manager for a California publisher of children's educational materials.
Subsequently, Judy joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she worked for the next 36 years.
As department manager, her primary responsibilities involved oversight of all business operations for this department of 300 faculty, staff, residents, and fellows. Since her retirement, she has been writing about the history of the department for the UT Southwestern website.
Intrigued by mystery and adventure, Judy was eager to participate in the field trips and historical research needed to understand the mysterious lights. As the illustrator and editor-in-chief of this twosome, she was charged with the challenge of translating the technical subjects into lay terms in a way that will capture the reader’s interest.
Judy is also the author of The Life and Times of William F. Mengert, M.D., the first chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southwestern Medical College, and the editor of Every Life Has A Story And This Is Mine, the autobiography of Jack A. Pritchard, M.D., the second chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern.  Both books were published in 2014 and are available from Amazon.

 

 

"What are you going to do after you retire?" Bob's colleagues asked him. 

"I'd like to investigate the Marfa lights," he replied. "There has to be a scientific explanation for what people see."

 

And so the couple began their odyssey of discovery.

Little did they dream that the adventure they were embarking on would occupy their lives for seven years and culminate in publication of the book, "Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed."

 

"The Marfa lights investigation turned out to be the granddaddy of all our projects," said Judy. "We just went where the clues led us. What a journey!"