George de la Warr

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George Walter de la Warr (19 August 1904 – 31 March 1969) was born in the North of England, and in later life became a civil engineer in the pay of Oxfordshire County Council. In 1953 he resigned from this post[1] to work on the controversial field of radionics, in which he was a pioneer.

De la Warr claimed to have invented a camera that could detect and cure diseases by remote control.[2] In June 1960, he was sued in the High Court by Catherine Phillips, a disgruntled former customer who said that her health had been ruined by using the Delawarr Diagnostic Instrument.[3] In particular, she said that the box could not possibly have the benefits that de la Warr claimed for it.[4] de la Warr said that his device operated above the physical plane, and the box was only used as a focus for thought.[5] After ten days of argument, the judge eventually found for de la Warr, though didn't state whether the box did or did not work.[6]

He founded the De La Warr Laboratories in Oxford where he did his research and built many radionic devices. The De La Warr Laboratories closed in 1987. Most of the radionic artifacts have unknown whereabouts. However, the radionic camera was given to Marcel J. Vogel, Psychic Research Inc. in San Jose, California. Vogel and Dan Willis did extensive tests and trials with the camera. Unfortunately, Vogel died in 1992. The whereabouts of the camera since then is unknown.


  • French patent number 1,084,318 - "Perfectionnements à la recherche d'une radiation fondamentale"
  • UK patent number 741,651 - "Therapeutic apparatus"
  • UK patent number 761,976 - "Therapeutic apparatus"


  1. ^ The Times, 25 June 1960, p12
  2. ^ The Times, 9 June 1960, p8
  3. ^ The Times, 21 June 1960, p5
  4. ^ The Times, 23 June 1960, p16
  5. ^ The Times, 24 June 1960, p6
  6. ^ The Times, 19 July 1960, p18

Further reading[edit]

  • George de la Warr, Langston Day, New worlds beyond the atom
  • George de la Warr, Langston Day, Matter in the making
  • Obituary, The Times, 2 April 1969, p12