The History of Radionics, The British Connection

After the attempt by the vested interests to snuff out radionics in America, with the imprisonment of Ruth Drown on trumped up fraud charges by the F.D.A. radionics had a re-birth in England.

The radionic trailblazer in Britain was Dr. Guyon Richards. Dr. Richards was a respected doctor and surgeon in England having served in India and in World War 1.

Dr. Richards wrote and published a book titled The Chain of Life in 1934.  He also made some modifications to Dr. Abrams  Oscilloclast such as using colored lights within the circuit of the instrument. He carried out extensive experiments in radionics such as enclosing himself and his equipment inside a Faraday cage while examining a subject, he felt this gave him more accuracy.


This book is still available on eBay and Amazon at times




At about the time of the Second World War, another British couple were about to make their mark in the world of radionics, this was George and Marjorie De La Warr.

George De La Warr was an engineer in England before the war. Since almost all radionic instruments at the time of World War 2 were manufactured in the United States, it was very difficult for anyone interested in radionics in England to obtain an instrument.  George De La Warr obtained permission from Ruth Drown in the U.S. to copy her instrument. George made some modifications to the Drown instrument and devised his own set of rates which he published. His book contained over 8000 rates. The book was titled “Book of Rates and Detail Sheets”.

The De La Warrs established De La Warr Laboratories, where they worked for a number of years. The De La Warrs developed a radionic camera in which they obtained a French Patent, although it worked in a similar way as the Drown camera, but it was designed differently.

The De La Warrs made many experiments in radionics in general and with the “De La Warr Radionic Camera” in particular. A few notable experiments with the camera was when they produced a picture of a three-month-old fetus from the blood sample of a pregnant woman, and the lady was over 50 miles away at the time. Another is when they took a picture of a patient’s brain from a blood sample, which showed a tumor. An autopsy after the patient’s death showed a tumor in the exact place on the brain as what was in the picture.  George De La Warr took a photograph using a drop of his blood and a drop of his wife’s Marjorie blood in 1950 while holding the thought in his mind of “our wedding day 1929” the photo showed two human-like figures standing side by side, although not clearly identifiable as George and Marjorie.

As was the case with Ruth Drown in the States, George De La Warr faced a legal battle in 1969. Apparently, a woman bought a radionic instrument from De La Warr in the 1950’s, she claimed the “radionic box” didn’t work as it was claimed to work and that she was defrauded. fortunately, the case was “thrown out of court” but the cost of the legal proceedings almost bankrupted the De La Warrs. George De La Warr died nine years later, a sad ending to a brilliant career and an amazing man.

George and Marjorie De La Warr

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De La Warr Radionic Instrument


Four other British gentlemen that made a large contribution to radionics are Malcolm Rae, David Tansley, Darrell Butcher and Dr. Bruce Copen.

Both Rae and Butcher designed their own versions of radionic instruments, different in many ways to the radionic instruments of Drown, Abrams, or De La Warr.

Malcolm Rae


Butcher Radionic Instrument

David Tansley was a great writer who wrote and published many books on radionics. Tansley took radionics into the metaphysical, spiritual, esoteric realm. Up until the time Tansley published his books, radionics dealt mostly with the physical body, as does traditional medicine and not so much with the spiritual realm of the human body, such as the Chakras or the Aura. Tansley with his extensive knowledge of Eastern Religions and Spiritualism wrote about the subtle anatomy, the chakras, the aura, explaining the illness first shows up in the energy bodies before it shows up in the physical body.

One of David Tansley’s Many Books
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David Tansley

Dr. Bruce Copen developed a line of high-quality radionic instruments and  instructional material which is available through Copen Labratories.

Dr, Bruce Copen
One of Dr. Copen’s Instruments

Today radionics is an accepted form of alternative medicine in Britain, with schools where you can study radionics and obtain a diploma.  It is said that the Queen of England employs experts in the radionics to maintain her health and well-being, although I have no proof of this. The radionic pioneers mentioned above were responsible for the giant strides radionics has made in Britain. If I have omitted anyone, I do apologize.


19 thoughts on “The History of Radionics, The British Connection

  1. Thank-you for the information on your site, there is a lot for me to look at.
    My interest in Guyon Richards is that when I was a young engineer my Library lent me a copy for a couple of years.
    I couldn’t understand much about it so reluctantly returned it, her in the UK the Buckinghamshire County library service actually went to the trouble of finding and buying a copy of “The Chain of Life” back in the 1980’s which was very generous. I would now like to take another look – in the light of having been on a intoductory dowsing course.
    I am interested in the feasiblity of creating some sort of simple “open source hardware” instrument.


  2. I would be pleased to try and explain, you probably will have heard of open source software, which I understand as being the work of a group of people, a community who is involved with; and aims to provide alternatives and hopefully improvements to software applications. I personally benefit from an example – using a PC powered by Linux. The same idea has branched out into electronic hardware.
    In the UK there was a tradition of publishing plans in magazines (such as Radio Constructor magazine form 1947 to 1981) as a lad I tried out some of the designs for simple radios – some of them nearly worked, better results could be achieved if a kit of parts were used, While still at school I built a Heathkit FM tuner from one of their comprehensive plans and kit, much later when I became a professional engineer I improved my own example of the Heathkit by adding in more modern chips.

    Today some of the hard design work (with even more complex chips being used) has been taken up by skilled enthusiasts who arrange for a design to be available for a modest cost – which normally “works out of the box” – and if your assembly skills are modest there is often someone who will help, (perhaps help with soldering) from within the community that is involved with that specific hardware.
    So the idea of “open source hardware” has come into being.

    In terms of a Radionic Instrument, I see that it is possible to buy a new one or perhaps bid for one on an internet auction site (Thanks again to your site for enlightenment), but there might be fun to be had by getting together with others to develop a group concept and sharing ideas of how it might be constructed. The open aspect could be that we use either a forum or a blog to share ideas and (hopefully) what progress we may have made.
    Perhaps such a thing already exists ?


  3. I think you have a great idea. If you do decide to build your own radionic instrument would you stick to the traditional radionic schematics as used in the Kelly and Hieronymus instruments, or come up with your own design?

    If you decide to stay with the traditional design I have some traditional Hieronymus schematic diagrams I could email you.
    either way best of luck.


  4. I would be interested in the traditional design schematics, just to see if I can read them.
    It may be that some of the components have symbols that I might not recognise, I think that Guyon Richards’ son used (double) triode valves in the “chain of life” book – having started my electronics in the transistor era (post Richards) I am more comfortable with those, but have worked with older valve equipment.

    I can confirm that it is possible to get good radio results using field effect transistors to replace valves up to short wave frequencies but as far as radionics is concerned this is still an aspect that I need to get my head around. Solid state… or the absence thereof ?
    I wonder if “quantum effects” are at play, but it seems as if I am lacking specific language to express quite what is happening. I think Prof. Einstein called one effect “the spooky effect at a distance”.

    Yes, I think I have some idea for my own design – but would it suit practitioners, I wonder ?

    I do not expect to start any construction this year, owing to pressure of being fully employed with electronics design work for my employer, that has a deadline to be met, but any pointers to consider or things to read in the coffee break are good. I guess you are a moderator and have my e-mail already.


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