- Have you heard this crazy story?
- An eccentric genius in depression-era California invented
several fantastic medical devices including super microscopes and a death
ray for microbes. In a twenty-year research initiative costing millions
of dollars and backed by the most prestigious men in medical science, this
genius endeavored to deliver the "cure for cancer" to the world.
By 1934, he had discovered a virus in cancer tumors and developed a way
to destroy that virus with a beam of electrical energy produced by his
invention: the Beam Ray Machine. Human clinical trials were set up and
presided over by top-of-their-field doctors who were to discover that the
"cure" was one hundred percent effective, with terminal patients
enjoying full recoveries. Then, the AMA stepped in and, using nefarious
means, shut down the whole endeavor. The cure for cancer was denied to
the world because it was not pharmaceutically based and therefore not profitable
to drug companies.
- The End
- Isn't that the craziest thing you have ever heard?
- This story actually floated around as rumor for several
decades following World War Two. Lacking any corroborative evidence, telling
details, or historical presence, it resisted being taken seriously as a
"true story." A tad too apocryphal. Surely allegorical. A tale
easily dismissed is one with no apparent record.
- In the early 1970's, journalist Christopher Bird did
some digging. He'd heard this story and wanted to settle its veracity once
and for all. It didn't take long for him to find what was probably the
source for at least part of the rumor. Bird had found a stunning article
printed in two 1944 science journals: The Journal of the Smithsonian Institute
and the Journal of the Franklin Institute. The article, titled "The
New Microscopes," gave a detailed account of the work of the eccentric
genius in the crazy story. Working from there, and digging deeper, journalist
Bird was able to finally determine that the crazy story is actually true.
He soon published in the New Age Journal an article titled "What Has
Become of the Rife Microscope?" It was the saga of Royal Raymond
Rife: the eccentric inventor who cured cancer.
- Today it is a simple matter to do an internet search
on "Royal Raymond Rife" and have delivered to your computer a
wealth of information on history's most forgotten scientist. You'll find
not just the "New Microscopes" article from the Smithsonian Journal
and Bird's article from the New Age Journal, but as well a wealth of corroborative
data: dozens of newspaper and science journal articles, hundreds of personal
letters between the doctors involved, photographs of Rife's scopes and
other inventions, schematics, lab notes, lab films, reports, interviews,
documentaries, books - the story of Rife is a rumor no more and his remarkable
achievements seem not to be forgotten.
- A once-suppressed science released from a veil of obscurity
would be a glorious thing, especially a potential cure for cancer - but
in the case of Rife, the glory is somewhat diminished. Though many details
of his contributions survive as documentary evidence: pictures, films,
schematics, testimony, reports and so forth - the real treasure would be
actual surviving operational Rife Microscopes, Beam Ray Machines, or other
artifacts. Even today the location and condition of many of Rife's inventions
remains largely uncertain. Thirty years ago it was not much different even
though the trail was much warmer. The documents that attest to the reality
of these things were in hand, so where were these things?
- It was in the mid-1940's that a young student of pathology
first became obsessed with the Rife Universal Microscope. John Hubbard,
keeping up with current advancements in the tools of his chosen field,
was thumbing through the above-mentioned Journal of the Smithsonian Institute
when he came upon the article titled "The New Microscopes." In
astonishment, he read of Rife's instrument - a microscope that appeared
to defy the accepted limits of optics. At face value the text of the article
seemed somewhat incredible. However, three photomicrographs included therein,
taken through the Universal Microscope, tempered Hubbard's incredulity.
The published photos were all labeled with magnification values: Chlorophyll
(Cell) 17,000X; Tetanus (Spore) 25,000X Typhoid Bacillus (B. Typhosus)
23,000X. Hubbard recognized the extraordinary features of the pictures:
the uncanny resolution of detail; the fantastic magnification values (one
order higher than standard optical scopes); the clear imaging of certain
structural features within the specimens (the existence of which had previously
only been suspected by microbiologists - never seen and confirmed). Here
it was: the ultimate microscope. A tool that could crack open the still-murky
world of germs and spill all of the remaining secrets out onto the table.
A tool that could help to answer just about any question a microbiologist
could ask. Hubbard was duly impressed. In his mind, the near-anomalous-looking
photos confirmed the story. This was one microscope he wanted to have.
Reading about it was one thing, but actually working with such a scope
in one's lab would elevate any microbiologist onto a whole new level.
- So he began following up in earnest. He sent letters
to everyone he could think of: the Royal Rife in the article of course,
it's authors, and any other names or places mentioned in the text. He sent
letters to all optical companies: Leitz, Zeiss, American Optical etc...
asking if they had any info on this microscope. Unfortunately, it was a
fruitless effort. Most of the correspondence went unanswered nobody
seemed to know anything about it and those that surely did weren't talking.
The microscope and its inventor remained elusive to the young Hubbard.
- Almost thirty years later, the inquisitive young student
had matured into a tenured Professor of Pathology at New York University
in Buffalo. It was in the mid-1970's that Professor Hubbard serendipitously
regained the scent from a long lost trail. He happened upon Christopher
Bird's article while browsing a magazine rack. Hubbard's fascination with
Rife and his super-microscopes had not abated, but Bird's article acted
as an accelerant. Armed with new information, the Professor was on the
hunt again. He contacted Christopher Bird, who was himself still immersed
in his own quest for Rife artifacts while following-up on his own article.
In fact, Bird had located the estate of the recently deceased Rife and
was in contact with his heir: one John F. Crane, a mechanical engineer
from San Diego. By lucky coincidence, Bird was looking for an expert in
microscopy and pathology to help him assess the instruments that Crane
said were in his possession. Their quests merged and soon Hubbard and Bird
were working together in an investigative capacity, determined to unearth,
examine, and if possible, obtain a Rife Microscope (to satisfy Hubbard)
and a Beam Ray Machine (to satisfy Bird)... and, the WHOLE story on this
crazy Rife affair, (to satisfy both of them). They didn't know it at the
time, but what Hubbard and Bird did in their initial united effort was
pioneer a field of endeavor that would, in decades, become something quite
labyrinthine - involving thousands of people. They invented modern Rife
Research. John Hubbard and Christopher Bird were the first (post) Rife
Researchers. Their mission: reestablish the technology, methodology, and
discipline that led Rife to his recorded successes.
- From John Crane they obtained a list of about a dozen
names with some contact information: people who were still alive that knew
or worked with Rife. They went to San Diego, Chicago, England, and Los
Angeles, anywhere that the information led. It was an interview process
that lasted years, predominantly conducted by Professor Hubbard, and one
which, thankfully, he recorded. Ultimately, Hubbard's quest turned into
a long, protracted negotiation with John Crane to get him to release the
microscopes over to the University of New York for study on purely academic
grounds. He was simultaneously trying to marshal the services of a group
of men who had actually worked with Rife on the same microscopes in an
effort to assemble a reconstructionist team to bring the intricate instruments
back into working order. Hubbard had discovered that John Crane was the
owner of the lion's share of Rife's surviving "stuff." In fact,
he said that Crane was, "the most terrifically awful curator of scientific
instruments imaginable." When he arrived at John Crane's house in
San Diego to finally set eyes on the precious scientific treasure that
he had been dreaming of for decades, he found it to be in "near ruins,"
surrounded by "disarray and clutter," with a "disheveled
and unhealthy-looking" Crane oddly unaware of his glaring ineptness
as a guardian, but fully aware of the history, value and importance of
the artifacts that cluttered his place.
- I met Professor Hubbard in 1996. A few years prior I
had become one of those so-called "Rife Researchers." I had seen
his name cropping up from time to time among the pages of a rather voluminous
pile of my own accumulated "Rife documents" - a stack which cost
many years and dollars - compiled with the help of my friend and fellow
Rife Researcher, Jason Ringas. We traveled to Buffalo to meet with the
Professor, talk shop, and to share information and documents. The most
notable item in his data collection were his forty hours of recorded audio
interviews with various people who knew and worked with Rife. Hubbard allowed
us to make copies of these (then) twenty-year-old recordings. I took the
copies home with me and transcribed them.
- Ten years later it's 2006 and everyone that was involved
in that early research/resurrection effort is dead. John Hubbard died the
year before last. Chris Bird died ten years ago. John Crane died in 1995.
Rife of course died before all these people met. Everyone who Hubbard and
Bird interviewed were old men thirty years ago when the interviews took
place. Therefore, in the interest of not letting their voices die with
them, Jeff Rense has agreed that it is time to let these people speak again
and has allowed his website to platform their discussions.
- The Hubbard Interviews
- The following people were interviewed by Professor Hubbard
- Ben Cullen Rife's lab assistant and friend for
over 30 years.
- Henry Siner Rife's microscope assistant and friend
for 15 years.
- Bertrand Comparet - Rife's attorney. Defended the famous
Beam Ray Trial for Rife in 1939 and the infamous Crane/Marsh trial in 1962.
- Robert Page Rife's young neighbor, friend and confidant.
Later he patented a microscope illumination system based on Rife's design.`
- Dr. Henry Visited Rife in conference. Surveyed
- Dr. Renner Visited Rife in conference. Surveyed
- Bernard Gross Employed Rife in later years.
- Dr. Seidel Co-wrote "The New Microscopes"
for The Franklin Journal (1944).
- John Crane Met Rife in 1950 and knew him/worked
with him/exploited him for the rest of his days.
- Hubbard also interviewed a host of Professors, optics
technicians, lens experts and other professionals (who did not know Rife
- We'll start with Robert Page because he touches upon
some important themes that are familiar to Rense readers.
- The Hubbard Interviews - Part One: Robert Page
- Flying Saucers, Secret Notebooks, and the Military Industrial
- Copyright 2006
- Shawn Montgomery is a freelance writer, researcher and
producer. His video documentary series "The Rise and Fall of a Scientific
Genius: The Forgotten Story of Royal Raymond Rife" can be found at
- Part 1