Dr Mike McCulloch

Dr Mike McCulloch

Lecturer in Geomatics

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in geomatics (the maths of positioning in space), physicist and author of Physics from the Edge

I gained a BSc in Physics at the University of York, and a PhD in Physical Oceanography (ocean physics) at the University of Liverpool. I have suggested (and published in 21 journal papers) a new cosmological model for inertia (called Quantised Inertia, QI or MiHsC) which predicts galaxy rotation without dark matter and cosmic acceleration without dark energy, without any adjustable parameters. QI predicts that inertia is controllable & lab tests of this are continuing. QI suggests a new, propellant-less, way to launch spacecraft and propel them. Information about quantised inertia:

Nov 2018 Article on QI on Motherboard: Link

Aug 2018. My talk at ANPA, Rowlands Castle: link

Mar 2018. TEDx talk on QI here

Jan 2018. Article in Science Trends: here

Jun 2017. Video introduction to QI: here

Dec 2016. Radio interview. John Batchelor Show here

Jun 2016. Radio interview on The Space Show here

Jan 2013. Article in New Scientist here

My blog is: Physics from the Edge . I'm on twitter as @memcculloch and I have written a book about Quantised Inertia / MiHsC, called Physics from the Edge .


1988-1991. BSc in Physics at the University of York, UK.

1992-1995. PhD in Physical Oceanography (ocean physics) at the University of Liverpool, UK.

1995-1998. Post-doctoral work at the Universities of Liverpool & Strathclyde, UK.

1998-2008. Ocean Model Scientist at the Met Office in Bracknell, then in Exeter, UK.

2008-now. Lecturer in Geomatics (the maths of positioning in space) at the University of Plymouth.

Professional membership

Member of the British Interplanetary Society.

Member of the Lifeboat Foundation.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

I have bought myself out of teaching with the DARPA funding. No classes.

Research interests

Physics, astrophysics, ocean & climate, always with a close link between experiment & maths.

Key publications are highlighted


McCulloch, M.E. and J. Gine, 2020. Deriving quantised inertia using horizon widths in the uncertainty principle. Adv. St. Theor. Phys., 14, 1, 1-8.

McCulloch, M.E. and J.H. Lucio, 2019. Testing Newton/GR, MoND and quantised inertia on wide binaries. Astrophys. Sc. Sci., (accepted) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334708215_Testing_NewtonGR_MoND_and_quantised_inertia_on_wide_binaries

McCulloch, M.E., 2019. Superluminal travel from quantised inertia. J. Space Exploration. 8, 2. https://www.tsijournals.com/articles/superluminal-travel-from-quantised-inertia.pdf

McCulloch, M.E., 2019. Can we hide gravitational sources behind Rindler horizons? Progress in Physics, 15, 2, 72-74. http://www.ptep-online.com/2019/PP-57-05.PDF

McCulloch, M.E., 2018. Propellant-less propulsion from quantised inertia. Journal of Space Exploration (in press). Preprint

McCulloch, M.E., 2018. Can cold fusion be explained by quantised inertia? Progress in Physics, Vol. 14, 2,
63-65. Free Pdf

McCulloch, M.E. and J. Gine, 2017. Modified inertial mass from information loss. Mod. Phys. Lett. A., 1750148. Journal paper.

McCulloch, M.E., 2017. Galaxy rotations from quantised inertia and visible matter only. Astrophys. & Space Sci., 362,149. Free journal pdf. or preprint

McCulloch, M.E., 2017. Testing quantised inertia on emdrives with dielectrics. EPL, 118, 34003. Open Access Journal paper. Research Gate Preprint

McCulloch, M.E., 2017. Low acceleration dwarf galaxies as tests of quantised inertia. Astrophys. Space Sci., 362, 57. Free link: http://rdcu.be/px8h

McCulloch, M.E., 2017. The proton radius anomaly from the sheltering of Unruh radiation. Progress in Physics, 13, 2. PDF

McCulloch, M.E., 2016. Quantised inertia from relativity & the uncertainty principle, EPL, 115, 69001. arXiv preprint & ResearchGate preprint.

Gine, J. and M.E. McCulloch, 2016. Inertia from Unruh temperatures. Modern Physics Letters A, 31, 1650107. Abstract

McCulloch, M.E., 2015. Testing quantised inertia on the emdrive, EPL, 111, 60005. http://arxiv.org/abs/1604.03449

McCulloch, M.E., 2015. Energy from swastika-shaped rotors. Progress in Physics, 11, 2, 139-140.PDF

McCulloch, M.E., 2015. Can the emdrive be explained by quantised inertia? Progress in Physics, 11, 1, 78-80. Pdf.

McCulloch, M.E., 2014. Physics from the Edge: a new cosmological model for inertia. World Scientific. Link

McCulloch, M.E., 2014. A toy cosmology using a Hubble-scale Casimir effect. Galaxies, Vol. 2(1), 81-88. Abstract (free pdf).

McCulloch, M.E., 2014. Gravity from the uncertainty principle. ApSS. 349, 957-959. Abstract (click 'look inside' to see the pdf).

McCulloch, M.E., 2013. Inertia from an asymmetric Casimir effect. EPL, 101, 59001 (free pdf). arXiv: 1302.2775

McCulloch, M.E., 20??. Does inertia fail at light speed? Submitted to JBIS on the 10th April 2012..

McCulloch, M.E., 2012. Testing quantised inertia on galactic scales. Astrophysics and Space Science, Vol. 342, No. 2, 575-578. Journal. Preprint

Font et al., 2012. SMOS first data analysis for sea surface salinity determination. Int. J. Rem. Sensing (iFirst).

McCulloch, M.E., P. Spurgeon, A. Chuprin, 2012. Have mid-latitude ocean rain-lenses been seen by the SMOS satellite?. Ocean Modelling, Vols. 43-44, p108-111. Journal paper (free)

McCulloch, M.E., 20??. Quantised inertia and faster than light travel. Submitted to 100YSS/JBIS, Sept' 2011.

McCulloch, M.E., 2011. Can the Podkletnov effect be explained by quantised inertia? Physics procedia, 20, 134-139. Journal, Preprint

McCulloch, M.E., 2011. The Tajmar effect from quantised inertia. EPL, 95, 39002. Abstract (EPL) (free access to the pdf). Preprint (Selected by the journal to be in its 'Best of 2011 collection').

Spurgeon, P. et al., 2010. Ocean salinity retrieval approaches for the SMOS satellite. ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, Norway, 2010. Proceedings, SP-686. pdf file

McCulloch, M.E., 2010. Minimum accelerations from quantised inertia. EPL, 90, 29001 (4pp). Journal pdf (not free). Preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.3303

Font J. et al., 2010. Overview of SMOS level 2 ocean salinity processing and first results. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2010. IGARSS, p3146-3149.

McCulloch, M.E., 2010. Can the Tajmar effect be explained using a modification of inertia? EPL, 89, 19001 (4pp). Journal pdf (not free). Preprint. Selected by the journal for its "Best of 2010 collection".

McCulloch, M.E., 2008. Modelling the flyby anomalies using a modification of inertia. Mon. Not. Royal. Astro. Soc., Letters, 389 (1), L57-60. Journal pdf (free). Preprint: arXiv:/astro-ph/0806.4159

McCulloch, M.E., 2008. Can the flyby anomalies be explained by a modification of inertia? J. British Interplanetary Soc., Vol. 61, 373-378. Journal pdf (not free). Preprint: arXiv:/astro-ph/0712.3022

McCulloch, M.E., J.T.Heming, J.D.Stark, 2008. Hurricane deflection by sea surface temperature anomalies. 28th Conference on Hurricanes & Tropical Meteorology, Orlando, Florida, US.

McCulloch, M.E., 2007. Modelling the Pioneer anomaly as modified inertia. Mon. Not. Roy. Astro. Soc., 376, 338-342. Journal pdf (free). Preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0612599/

Stark, J.D., C.J.Donlon, M.J.Martin and M.E.McCulloch, 2007. OSTIA: an operational, high resolution, real time, global sea surface temperature analysis system. Oceans '07 IEEE Aberdeen, conference proceedings. Vol 1-3, 331-334.

McCulloch, M.E., 2006. The effect of ocean currents on surface storm waves. Met Office, NCOF Technical Note, Number 4.

McCulloch, M.E., J.O.S.Alves & M.J.Bell, 2004. Modelling shallow mixed layers in the northeast Atlantic. J. Marine Systems, Vol. 52(1-4), pp 107-119. journal paper (free)

Leach, H., S.J. Bowerman, M.E. McCulloch, 2002. Upper ocean eddy transports of heat, potential vorticity and volume in the Northeastern North Atlantic. J. Phys. Oceanogr, 32 (10), 2926-2937.

McCulloch, M.E., 1998. Air-sea heat fluxes derived from sub-surface data in the Northeast Atlantic. Physics & Chemistry of the Earth, 23, No.5/6, 527-530.

McCulloch, M.E. and H. Leach, 1998. Air-sea fluxes inferred from an upper ocean heat budget northeast of the Azores. Q. J. Royal Met. Soc., 125, No.551, Part A, 2465.

Leach,H and R.T.Pollard et al., 1998. RRS Discovery Cruise 223 Report, 28 September - 19 November 1996. Southampton Oceanography Centre.

McCulloch, M.E., 1997. Inferring heat content changes from single hydrographic sections. Ocean Modelling, 113, 1-4.

McCulloch, M.E. and H. Leach, 1997. Seasonal heat and freshwater budgets of the upper ocean in the Northeast Atlantic. Q.J. Royal Met. Soc., 123, 767-784.

Leach, H, M.E. McCulloch, J. Bauer et al., 1995. Compendium of SEA ROVER long sections. Report, Liverpool University.

McCulloch, M.E., 1995. Seasonal heat and freshwater fluxes in the Northeast Atlantic. PhD thesis , Liverpool University.

McCulloch, M.E., 1993. Bubbles in accelerated reference frames, or: General relativity and cider do mix. POLemic (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Newsletter, Winter 1993).

Reports & invited lectures

2012. Invited to talk to the Physics Dept at St Andrews University on "Can inertia be modified electromagnetically?"

2011. Invited to talk at the NASA/DARPA 100 Year Starship Symposium in Orlando, US on "Quantised inertia and FTL".

2009 & 2010. Invited to talk at the International Flyby Anomaly Collaboration, at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland.


My blog "Physics from the Edge":


I have written several short stories that are available on the H2G2 website here:


My older webpage with the University of Exeter's Astrophysics Group: