De La Warr, George (1905–1969)
British expert in radionics, a subject related to radiesthesia
and dowsing, and which uses an apparatus to identify claimed
subtle radiation in humans and objects. The primary use of the
tool was to diagnose illnesses. Born on August 19, 1904, in
Southwick, Sussex, England, and educated at Brighton Technical
College, De La Warr served as a captain with the British
army in the Royal Engineers. De La Warr was best known for
his device that was developed from the black box of Albert
Abrams but used the method of stroking a rubber pad with the
fingers instead of tapping the abdomen of a patient. The rubber
detector pad was set in a frame with a wire circuit connection
to a box containing various knobs and dials. A blood sample
from the patient was placed in this circuit, and the rubber
pad was stroked by the operator’s finger until it indicated a
‘‘sticking’’ sensation at various dial readings. It was claimed
that the dial markings denoted various pathological conditions
of the patient whose blood sample was being tested.
In addition to diagnosis of disease, the apparatus was used
for absent treatment of the patient by ‘‘correcting wave forms,’’
sometimes in conjunction with exposure of a photographic
plate inserted in the box, resulting in a kind of ‘‘psychic photograph.’’
There was no conventional electric or magnetic circuit
in black boxes, so their inventors (including De La Warr) were
often charged with fraud.
De La Warr founded a research laboratory at Oxford, England,
Delawarr Laboratories, and developed various black
boxes for medical purposes, including the thought energy detector,
an art appreciation apparatus, the Psychoplot, and the
vibrograph, which detects molecular changes. He also experimented
with photographs related to radiation from blood samples.
His theories about subtle radiation are presented in detail
in the book New Worlds Beyond the Atom (1956).
He received considerable support from a variety of eminent
individuals, including Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard, Methodist
minister Leslie Weatherhead, and Kenneth Walker (a
student of Georgei I. Gurdjieff). None had medical credentials
nor could their enthusiasm stop the medical community from
condemning De La Warr’s work (as it had earlier denounced
Abrams’s).

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