George de la Warr

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George Walter de la Warr (19 August 1904 – 31 March 1969) was born in Northern England, and in later life became a civil engineer in the pay of Oxfordshire County Council. In 1953 he resigned from this post to work within the discredited field of radionics, in which he was a pioneer. His devices were denounced by medical experts.[1][2]


Warr was influenced by the devices of Ruth B. Drown[3] and Albert Abrams.[1] De la Warr invented devices that he said could identify symptoms such as "toxins", "fracture", and "secretion imbalance".[3] He also claimed to have invented a camera that could detect and cure diseases by remote control.[4] 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.[5] In particular, she said that the box could not possibly have the benefits that de la Warr claimed for it.[6] Warr said that his device operated above the physical plane, and the box was only used as a focus for thought.[7] After ten days of argument, the judge eventually found for de la Warr, but considered the box to be bogus.[8]

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. Vogel died in 1992. The whereabouts of the camera since then is unknown.

Leslie Weatherhead, who had known Warr, had supported his devices.[9]


Warr's radionic devices have been criticized by health experts as quackery.[1][2] Warr was also notable for making unproven claims such using a photograph of insecticide on his machine to kill pests in a field miles away.[10]


  • 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"


  • Experiments Relating to Increases in Crop Yield by Radionic Stimulation (1955)
  • New Worlds Beyond the Atom (1959)


  1. ^ a b c Williams, William F. (2000). Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Facts on File Inc. p. 37. ISBN 1-57958-207-9.
  2. ^ a b "Radionics". The Skeptic's Dictionary.
  3. ^ a b Randi, James (1995). An encyclopedia of claims, frauds, and hoaxes of the occult and supernatural: decidedly sceptical definitions of alternative realities. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-15119-5.
  4. ^ The Times, 9 June 1960, p8
  5. ^ The Times, 21 June 1960, p5
  6. ^ The Times, 23 June 1960, p16
  7. ^ The Times, 24 June 1960, p6
  8. ^ Spence, Lewis; Fodor, Nandor (1991). Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. Gale Research. p. 187. One woman sued the De la Warr laboratories because she was unable to obtain satisfactory results. The case was dismissed on the grounds that there had been no intent to defraud, although the judge severely criticized the apparatus as bogus.
  9. ^ Travell, John (1999). Doctor of Souls: A Biography of Dr. Leslie Dixon Weatherhead 1893–1976. Lutterworth Press. pp. 239–240. ISBN 978-0718829919.
  10. ^ Swan, Jonathan (2003). Quack Magic: The Dubious History of Health Fads and Cures. Ebury Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-0091888091.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sampson, Wallace; Vaughn, Lewis (2000). Science Meets Alternative Medicine: What the Evidence Says about Unconventional Treatments. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-57392-803-8.