T. Townsend Brown
The Suppression of Antigravity Technology
T. Townsend Brown was jubilant when he returned from France in 1956. The soft-spoken scientist had a solid clue that could lead to fuel-less space travel. His saucer-shaped discs flew at speeds of up to several hundred miles per hour, with no moving parts. One thing he was certain of--the phenomenon should be investigated by the best scientific institutions. Surely now the science establishment would admit that he really had something. Although the tall, lean physicist--handsome, in a gangly way--was a humble man, even shy, he confidently took his good news to a top-ranking officer he knew in Washington, D.C.
“The experiments in Paris proved that the anomalous motion of my disc airfoils was not all caused by ion wind.” The listener would hear Brown’s every word, because he took his time in getting words out. “They conclusively proved that the apparatus works even in high vacuum. Here’s the documentation . . .”
Anomalous means “unusual”--a discovery that does not fit into the current box of acknowledged science. In this case, the anomaly revealed a connection between electricity and gravity.
That year Interavia magazine reported that Brown’s discs reached speeds of several hundred miles per hour when charged with several hundred thousand volts of electricity. A wire running along the leading edge of each disc charged that side with high positive voltage, and the trailing edge was wired for an opposite charge. The high voltage ionized air around the disc, and a cloud of positive ions formed ahead of the craft and a cloud of negative ions behind.
The apparatus was pulled along by its self-generated gravity field, like a surfer riding a wave. Fate magazine writer Gaston Burridge in 1958 also described Brown’s metal discs, some up to thirty inches in diameter by that time. Because they needed a wire to supply electric charges, the discs were tethered by a wire to a Maypole-like mast. The double-saucer objects circled the pole with a slight humming sound. “In the dark they glow with an eerie lavender light.”
Instead of congratulations on the French test results, at the Pentagon he again ran into closed doors. Even his former classmate from officer candidates school, Admiral Hyman Rickover, discouraged Brown from continuing to explore the dogma-shattering discovery that the force of gravity could be tweaked or even blanked out by the electrical force.
“Townsend, I’m going to do you a favor and tell you, don’t take this work any further. Drop it.”
Was this advice given to Brown by a highly placed friend who knew that the United States military was already exploring electrogravitics? (Sleuthing by American scientist Dr. Paul LaViolette uncovered a paper trail that led from Brown’s early work, toward secret research by the military, and eventually pointed to “black project” aircraft.)
Were the repeated break-ins into Brown’s laboratory meant to discourage him from pursuing his line of research?
Brown didn’t quit, although by that time he and his family had spent nearly $250,000 of their own money on research. He had already put in more than thirty years seeking scientific explanations for the strange phenomena he witnessed in the laboratory. He earlier called it electrogravitics, but later in his life, trying to get acknowledgement from establishment scientists, he stopped using the word electrogravitics and instead used the more accepted scientific terminology “stress in dielectrics.”
No matter what his day job, the obsessed researcher experimented in his home laboratory in his spare time. Above all he wanted to know, Why is this happening? He was convinced that the coupling of the two forces--electricity and gravity--could be put to practical use.
An arrogant academia ignored his findings. Given the cold-shoulder treatment by the science establishment, Brown spent family savings and even personal food money on laboratory supplies. Perhaps he would not have had the heart to continue his lonely research if he had known in 1956 that nearly thirty more years of hard work were ahead of him. He died in 1985 with the frustration of having his findings still unaccepted.
The last half of his career involved new twists. Instead of electrogravitics, at the end of his life he was demonstrating “gravitoelectrics” and “petrovoltaics”--electricity from rocks. Brown’s many patents and findings ranged from an electrostatic motor to unusual high-fidelity speakers and electrostatic cooling, to lighter-than-air materials and advanced dielectrics. His name should be recognized by students of science, but instead it has dropped into obscurity.
Jeane Manning has traveled in twelve countries and interviewed dozens of scientists since 1981, researching revolutionary clean energy systems that could replace oil. With Joel Garbon, she coauthored the award-winning book Breakthrough Power: How Quantum-Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World. Her earlier books include The Coming Energy Revolution and Energie, and several coauthored books, including Angels Don’t Play This HAARP with Dr. Nick Begich. Her books have been published in seven languages. Manning now lives near Vancouver, Canada. Her websites are www.BreakthroughPower.net and www.ChangingPower.net.