David Scharf

David Scharf

  • Professor of Physics
  • Dr. Scharf has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for seven years


Dr. Scharf is a physicist and philosopher of physics, having taught philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester and mathematics and physics at Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Maharishi University of Management. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from Johns Hopkins. His current research has to do with consciousness and quantum field theory and especially the nature of time in great literature and in advanced physics.


  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1986 Philosophy of Physics
  • University of Maryland B.A., 1977 magna cum laude Philosophy


  • Northeastern University (Dept. of Physics, 2010—2011; Adjunct Professor of Physics)
    Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Oscillations and Waves; Electricity and Magnetism
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (Dept. of Mathematics, 2010—2011; Adjunct Professor of Mathematics)
    College Math, Precalculus, Calculus
  • Maharishi University of Management (Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Maharishi Vedic Science, 1987-1992 and 2005-2009; Associate Professor).
    • Physics: Physics and Cosmology; Electromagnetism; Harmonics, Waves and Optics; Modern Physics; Quantum Mechanics I,II and III (including time-dependent perturbation theory); as well as the non-technical courses which I developed, “The Evolution of Physics: from Einstein to Maharishi” and “Quantum Neuroscience.”
    • Mathematics: Calculus; Linear Algebra; Differential Equations; Discrete Mathematics.
    • Computer Science: Programming I & II; Computer Graphics; Numerical Analysis.
    • Maharishi Vedic Science: Philosophy of Science; EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment; Constitution of the Universe.

As MUM Liaison to the World Association for Vedic Studies I was principal organizer for the Eleventh Annual WAVES Conference held at MUM in 2014.

  • Collins Avionics/Boeing Consulting engineer (1993-1994), developed systems monitoring software for the Boeing 777. Taught advanced C programming to Collins engineers (1995).
  • University of Rochester (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1983-1984). Philosophy of Physics, Epistemology, Recent and Contemporary Philosophy, Foundations of Quantum Physics; Organizer for The Joint Colloquium Series in the Foundations of Physics (sponsored by the Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy departments).
  • Johns Hopkins University (Instructor of Philosophy, 1979-1982). Mathematical Logic, Philosophy of Science.


  • Proceedings for the Eleventh International Conference for the World Association of Vedic Studies (forthcoming), coeditor with Patricia Saunders and BVK Sastry
  • “Lamp at the Door: An essay on Brahman and Brahman Consciousness” (forthcoming), co-authored with Candace Badgett, in Proceedings for the Eleventh International Conference for the World Association of Vedic Studies (2014)
  • “Two Dogmas of Materialism,” Presented at the Society for Scientific Exploration conference (2013) and the Parapsychological Association convention (2014)
  • “On the Immortality of the Soul: Yama’s Reply to Nachiketas from the Perspective of Maharishi’s Vedic Science—Toward a quantum field theory of the psychic field. Presented at the World Association for Vedic Science conference at MUM (2014)
  • “Why Jaegwon Kim’s Physicalism is Not Near Enough: An Implicit Argument for a Non-Cartesian Interactionism (Parts I and II),” (Neuroquantology 2010; 8(3):337—353 and 8(4): 614—625)
  • “Pseudoscience and Victor Stenger’s Quantum Gods: Mistaken, Misinformed and Misleading,” (Neuroquantology 2010; 8(1):77-100.)
  • “Neural Correlates and Advanced Physics,” Presented at the Quantum Mind conference in Salzburg, Austria (2007)
  • “A New Angle on the Neural Correlates of Consciousness,” Presented at the Tucson conference: Toward a Science of Consciousness (2006)
  • “Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology: The Solution to Fundamental Epistemological Issues at the Basis of Modern Scientific Thought,” Infinity Foundation, infinityfoundation.com/mandala/i_es/i_es_schar_science_frameset.htm (2003)
  • “Quantum Measurement and the Program for the Unity of Science,” Philosophy of Science 56:601-623 (1989)
John Hagelin

John Hagelin

  • President, Maharishi University of Management
  • Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics, Maharishi University of Management
  • President, David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
  • Minister of Science and Technology, Global Country of World Peace
  • President, Global Union of Scientists for Peace
  • AB summa cum laude, Physics, Dartmouth College
  • MA, PhD, Physics, Harvard University
  • Doctorate of World Peace, Maharishi University of World Peace
  • John Hagelin has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for thirty-two years


World-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, proponent of peace, and scientist of consciousness, John Hagelin is professor of physics at Maharishi University of Management.

He helped develop a highly successful grand unified field theory based on the superstring. For this work he was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award,  which recognizes scientists who have made “major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.” The award recognized Dr. Hagelin as “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington.”

He has helped bring the Transcendental Meditation technique to hundreds of thousands of at-risk children and adults — from inner-city school children to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress to prisoners to active-duty servicemen and woman. He has significantly increased public awareness of the benefits of the TM technique for addressing critical problems in crime, education, and more.

As a leading proponent of world peace, Dr. Hagelin:

  • is Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a leading science and technology think tank
  • is International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace,  an organization of leading scientists throughout the world dedicated to ending nuclear proliferation and establishing lasting world peace
  • has shown that large meditating groups can effectively defuse acute societal stress — thereby preventing violence and social conflict and providing a practical foundation for permanent world peace.

For the last quarter century, Dr. Hagelin has investigated the nature and origin of consciousness, including higher states of human consciousness, and has spoken on this topic and major national and international conferences.

Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1975. After completing his PhD at Harvard University in 1981, Dr. Hagelin joined the theoretical physics groups at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), where he became actively engaged in fundamental research at the forefront of supersymmetric unified field theories.

Dr. Hagelin then joined the faculty at MUM, where he established a doctoral program in elementary particle physics and unified quantum field theories. Dr. Hagelin has been published extensively in the area of supersymmetric unified quantum field theories in journals such as Physics Letters, Nuclear Physics and The Physical Review. He has appeared many times on news shows such as ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Meet the Press and in major metropolitan newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. 

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