After receiving a B.Sc. degree in physics from M.I.T in 1967, Richard Gauthier earned a M.Sc. degree in physics from University of Illinois in 1971. He was in the Ph.D. doctoral program at the University of Illinois for high-energy physics after passing the qualifying exams. But thesis projects in experimental high energy physics often take many years to complete, and there were few job prospects in high energy physics at that time, although it was a good time for new physics theories. So he switched to experimental psychology because he was also interested in the brain, mind and consciousness research. He moved out to Stanford University and finished his Ph.D. in experimental psychology there in 1977. That’s where and when he got into yoga and meditation.
After working as a research scientist at the Bell Labs for few years he became a yogic monk to spend more time doing research on mind and consciousness and help others with similar interests. In the 80’s and 90’s he was a yoga and meditation teacher in Europe. After he returned from Europe, he has been teaching physics in California.
While still an acharya (yoga and meditation teacher) in the early 90’s in Europe he modeled photons and electrons as composed of helically-moving microvita. That developed into his present research on modeling electrons and photons listed in his academia.edu publications list at https://santarosa.academia.edu/RichardGauthier and his researchgate.net publications list at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Richard_Gauthier2/publications .
Two of his most recent articles are
His current research on electrons and photons is indirectly microvita research, though his electron articles don’t mention microvita.