16) T. Galen Hieronymus
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Thomas Galen Hieronymus'
career spanned the era between the beginning of commercial radio and the modern era of radionics.
In many ways, his
work is a synthesis of the two sides of radionics, the speculative, occult side and the empirical, scientific one.
spoke knowledgeably about applied subtle energy, using the term "eloptic," meaning energy + light emanations he
detected coming from physical materials.
also coined the term "nionic-nerve influencing energy" for emanations from live organisms.
These unusual descriptions of radionic emanations did not prevent him from obtaining the first U.S. Patent for a radionics detector [#2,482,773] in 1949.
Nor did he ever run afoul of the authorities or academia; in fact he was made a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
The high comfort level with authority rested upon his
He served in the Rainbow Division, A.E.F. in WWI and later graduated from officer's candidate school.
For 30 years, he was a professional engineer working for the Kansas City Power and Light Co.
is credited with designing the phase locking system that connects power stations across the country.
He was also a licensed radio operator, later becoming a Senior Member in the Institute of Radio Engineers.
Generally speaking, such highly influential positions were reserved exclusively for the brightest and best in his
work in electronics coupled with a lifelong interest in metaphysics led him to the forefront of what came to be called "psionic devices" or "psychotronic technology" in his
later years; these appliances were dependent upon the psychic (PK) energy of the mind to operate.
One other reason Hieronymus
was held in such high professional esteem and remained un-censured for his
radionics work was because he
skill in radionics to assist regulatory authorities like the FDA
and to solve complicated problems for Big Business.
This was especially true when it came to the analysis of substances - in the era before the electron microscope.
An example of this assistance comes from my personal conversations with a colleague, Bob Beautlich, regarding work Hieronymus
performed for the 3M Company
was asked to use his
patented radionics device to analyze the problem.
began working in radio in 1913.
After he received his license, he began working with KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he took part in the first-ever public radio broadcast.
As a radio operator and electrical engineer with the Rainbow Division
in France during World War I, he
worked to develop a wireless telephone.
It was there that he
observed certain metals and minerals had unusual properties or emanations, a discovery that led him to radionics.
By 1930, Hieronymus
was working with radionics inventor J. W. Wigelsworth to improve the Pathoclast, the successor to Abrams'
The Pathoclast was considered to be "the most advanced condenser-tuned radionic instrument ever made," incorporating vacuum tubes for amplification and other electronic features.
It is also important to realize that by the time Hieronymus
began designing his
own version of the Pathoclast for Wigelsworth, mainstream doctors had adopted radionic-type therapies for clinical diagnosis and treatment throughout the country.
In retrospect, one can sense a fusion occurring of homeopathic medical principles with electronic gear.
For that period in the 1920s and 1930s, there seemed every reason to believe that radionic medical devices were evolving into a modern form of medical instrumentation.
It was this favorable climate that clearly made the issuing of the Hieronymus patent possible.
In addition, the grassroots success of the Pathoclast/Radionics technology must also be considered when it comes to comprehending what Hieronymus faced later on in his
career when his
patent was popularized in a famous 1950s science fiction magazine.
By then, Hieronymus
had already witnessed thirty years of medical successes using these technologies across America.
A great deal of technical evolution in radionics had occurred in the interim, with a large number of highly respected electrical engineers and instrument designers providing expertise and experimental insights.
The world of radionics that Hieronymus
entered in the late 1920s and early 1930s was an exciting place, as this fast developing, non-invasive, revolutionary medical technology had universal appeal.
was in the vanguard and was well positioned professionally to advance a technology being created as quickly as the healing successes were being reported.
By the early 1950s, Hieronymus
was also collaborating with Brigadier-General Henry M. Gross
(Ret.) in Pennsylvania and the Homeotronic Foundation
(of U.K.A.C.O. fame) on the development of agricultural radionics.
It is at this point that radionics, and Hieronymus
in particular, had their famous brush with popular culture.
In the midst of this struggle, Hieronymus
colleagues were trying to establish a scientific basis for the way these instruments worked, even accepting the fact they employed the skill of the operator's mind.
In a nutshell, Hieronymus
became convinced that he
was measuring a solar influence other than light.
This force was received by living organisms and could be transmitted over certain types of conductors and insulated by others, much like electricity.
The developing radionic current analogy to light achieved greater significance through the evidence of radionic photography.
Unlike its mechanistic counterparts, eloptic energy could be influenced by consciousness and required human sensitivity to be detected.
, to his
credit, never skirted this issue.
patent clearly states that his
apparatus "preferably relies upon the element of touch and, therefore, the skill of the operator."
US Patent #2,482,773
Contemporary writers on Hieronymus, such as engineer William D. Jensen provide additional insight into exactly what allowed the Hieronymus device to obtain a U.S. Patent: "Dr.
Thomas Galen Hieronymus
has the unique distinction of having the only US patent of a psychically operating machine.
At first glance, what he
invented was a machine to detect the type and quantity of any material matter under scrutiny, by analyzing the previously unknown 'eloptic' radiation that seemed to emanate from all materials.
No one had ever thought of such a machine, and mainstream science is perplexed that his
patented device does indeed work.
secret ingredient was that the experimenter became a part of his
own machine, bridging the real and psychic worlds."
W.D. Jensen, in an article posted on the internet entitled "Preliminary Report on the Patented Hieronymus
Machine" continues: "Patent number 2,482,773 was awarded in 1949, after three years of very careful consideration by the United States Patent Office.
backed up his
claims with live plant experiments, and made working models of his
"Traditionally, psychic machines fall under the Para-psychological field of Psychotronics.
is a specialized field within Psychotronics where the machines have electronic components that operate in the region of radio waves.
There are two basic types of radionic instruments: Receivers and Transmitters.
The patented Hieronymus machine is a Receiver instrument, also known as a Detector.
It amplifies and detects the presence of Eloptic rays which occur at different vibrational frequencies coming naturally out of elements, like channel signals on a radio.
also made Transmitters of Eloptic radiation, sometimes called Eloptic Beam Projectors, or Eloptic Radiators.
They projected specific frequencies of Eloptic radiation into materials, and living things.
These transmitters could be made to store the radiation in alcohol or other materials.
"What we have from the Patent is a working model of a psychically operating machine.
From tests by Hieronymus
and other independent researchers, the machine will work for 80% of the population.
"The Hieronymus device, patented by Thomas G. Hieronymus
in 1949, is one such device.
But now it is not electron energy, it is a dual-state analog of energy - let us call it anenergy, for analog of energy. (Hieronymus called it eloptic energy, since it could act as electron fl ow or as optical waves, but was neither exclusively.) The amplified anenergy will come out in the coil of wire and it will generate field and it is not a magnetic field, and so it cannot be measured on normal laboratory instruments.
John Campbell wrote Hieronymus
on June 4, 1956, concerning his unusual discovery: "When I began working with the machine, I learned that it didn't need a power supply.