Remembering Frank Legge

Scientist and scholar Frank Legge passed away on October 20th 2016. Frank was a leader of the international 9/11 Truth Movement. He had been a co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies and a founding member of both Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice and Scientists for 9/11 Truth. His contributions to research into 9/11 will be remembered as among the most important in history.

Frank had a long and fulfilling life before and beyond the events of 9/11. He was a husband, father, and grandfather as well as a farmer, pilot, research scientist, and entrepreneur.

frank_leggeAfter obtaining a Diploma of Agriculture (Longerenong, Victoria, Australia), Frank spent his early years as an agricultural employee, then a contractor, in the state of Queensland. He then obtained a “conditional purchase” block of virgin bush in Western Australia, which he cleared and developed as a sheep and grain farm. On completion of this, Frank moved to Perth and enrolled at the University of Western Australia. During this period he obtained a pilot’s license and acquired a share in a plane, which was useful in enabling him to easily visit and continue operating the farm.

On graduating with a Ph.D. in chemistry, in 1983, Dr. Legge worked as a research officer for the Department of Agriculture for a number of years. This included research into the manufacture and use of biodiesel. He was also involved with the Australian Merino Society in the development of their sheep-breeding index. With a colleague, he then formed a company, Solar Track Pty Ltd, and embarked on a project manufacturing solar tracking devices, based on a patented concept they developed in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. Lastly he moved to consulting.

Frank’s understanding of the events of 9/11 was set out in his website, now maintained by David Chandler.

This site includes links to many papers on the subject, including those Dr. Legge wrote and co-authored. He believed that the evidence for explosives in controlled demolition of all three of the buildings at the World Trade Center was convincing and that the failure of the U.S. agency NIST to consider this possibility was prima facie evidence of corruption and obstruction of justice.

Some of Dr. Legge’s most important contributions to the 9/11 debate:

  • He was a prolific contributor to the Journal of 9/11 Studies, starting with the first publication in June 2006. His careful, logical approach was the basis for a dozen articles and half a dozen letters published by the Journal. In October 2007, he joined as co-editor and continued in that capacity until July 2012.
  • Among his most important articles was an early examination of the fall of WTC Building 7 in which Dr. Legge examined video and graphed the acceleration of the building. This paper, published ten years ago, initiated a series of similar calculations that led to irrefutable arguments in favor of demolition.
  • Collaborating with Warren Stutt, Dr. Legge provided a study of the data file from the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) for the flight that was reported to have hit the Pentagon. The purpose of this work was to show that, contrary to widespread belief among activists, the data portrayed a flight that corresponded with the official reports of the course of the aircraft. Frank’s position was that there were many reasons to doubt the truthfulness of the 9/11 reports but the data from the FDR was not one of them. His hope was that this information would help to unify the Truth Movement as it would reduce the tendency to assert claims, based on misinterpretation of the FDR file, that the plane did not hit the Pentagon.
  • As co-author with David Chandler, Legge examined the case that the Pentagon was hit by a plane, and that it did not fly over, as asserted by some activists. Again Dr. Legge’s hope was to unify the Truth Movement. This was followed by an Addendum that strengthened the case.

Although a sound scientific approach was characteristic of his work, Legge’s personality was also important in that he was often the most mature participant in any discussion. This is not to say he was merely the oldest but that he was levelheaded and composed in many heated, ego-driven, arguments. That is, Frank Legge was the grown-up at times when it was most needed.

This fact was exhibited in many of his writings and communications. For example, in order to achieve incremental improvement in the debate about what hit the Pentagon, Legge advocated a “precautionary principle,” urging everyone to assert only what was truly known. In order to address arguments raised in support of the “flyover” case, Legge wrote a paper on the Search for Consensus to seek common ground.

In the last decade of his life, Frank Legge had a tremendous influence on many people around the world. He led scientific inquiry into one of the most controversial subjects in history and he collaborated positively with many fellow citizens to reveal the truth. Those of us who worked with him during this time will remember his intelligence, dignity, and respect for others.

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11 Responses to Remembering Frank Legge

  1. marvinsannes says:

    So sad. Each time one of these bright lights passes, I feel the acceleration into the darkness. America’s shining light on the hill is being taken down in a controlled demolition.
    The fraud and murders of that awful crime pass into history – so few willing to speak out.

  2. Confid9 says:

    Ryan, thank for that sincere and thoughtful farewell to such a sincere and thoughtful champion for 9/11 truth and justice.

  3. Tim Michel says:

    Ryan, it is apparent the Frank Legge was one to the pioneers that blazed the trail for the search for what really happened on 9/11. His analysis of the destruction of WTC 7 that demonstrated that this tower was brought down by controlled demolition set us on the correct course of discovery.

    Franks desire to unify the 9/11 Truth movement is what were a re all still striving to do and I think in Franks honor that should be the paradigm of all of our work.

    I am still not convinced that the FDR provided by FOIA request couldn’t have been an FDR that was produce as the result of a sim run instead of an actual flight; this can be done you know.

    In the interest of carrying on the work of Frank Legge, do you have any comments on the credulity of that FDR being what it was purported to be by the NTSB.

    • Confid9 says:

      Tim, what Kevin wrote here was intended to commemorate a caring and courageous man, not to initiate a debate about the details of the FDR, or any other aspect of 9/11. Have enough respect and scruples to not hijack this moment for your personal agenda. There are plenty of other times and places to carry on the never ending, and now nearly pointless, debate about 9/11. This is clearly not it.

      • Tim Michel says:

        Yes you are right, Frank devoted the last part of his life attempting to bring unity to the 9/11 Truth movement and I should just have just left a “thank you so much for everything you did Frank” comment. I just still want to carry on where Frank left off, as unity is so important to me as well, but as you say this isn’t the place to do that.

  4. Charles Ewing Smith says:

    Thanks Kevin.

  5. Alicia McCoy says:

    Beautiful words about a courageous man. My heart goes out to his family, colleagues, and friends.

  6. Thank you, Kevin. Beautiful tribute to a great man.

  7. Phillip Michaels says:

    Thank you, Kevin. Wonderful to be able to put a name with this Dr. Legge’s work.

  8. Lee Anderson says:

    Wow, we lost a great man. Thanks, Kevin, for bringing his story to us. He will be missed much like Michael Ruppert of Crossing the Rubicon. Ruppert succumbed to the travails of an insincere world and took his own life. I hope Legge and Ruppert can meet somewhere in the Wilderness of higher thought.

  9. Roger Whittle says:

    Thank you Mr Ryan, for your words about Dr Legge. I have only just found out about his passing and I have sent my condolences via Mr Chandler. I could ‘hear’ his Aussie heritage in his writing – no frills and forthright, but precise and with a dash of humour. The Truth Movement will be the lesser without him, but the better for his input.

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