Requiem for Royal Rife
The Hubbard Interviews: Introduction
Searching For A Lost Way of Looking At Things

By Shawn Montgomery

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 (1976 ­ 1979):
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 his lab.
Dr. Renner ­ Visited Rife in conference. Surveyed his lab.
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 personally).
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 Patent Complex.
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
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