Wilhelm Reich was a physician-scientist whose investigation of energy functions in human emotions led to the discovery of an unknown energy which exists in all living matter and in the cosmos. He called this energy "orgone."
Born in 1897 in the Austrian province of Galicia, Reich graduated from the Medical School of the University of Vienna in 1922. A student of Sigmund Freud, he became one of the great psychoanalytic pioneers before his clinical studies led him into the laboratory and to investigations of the energy processes in nature.
Reich came to the United States in 1939 where he continued to study the manifestations and laws of orgone energy and to invent ways to make this energy usable. In 1954, the Federal Food and Drug Administration obtained an Injunction by default which ordered Reich's literature to be banned and destroyed. As a result, several tons of Reich's published books and journals were burned, constituting one of the most heinous acts of censorship in U.S. history. In his defense, Reich asserted to the Court that "Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word FREEDOM should ever be more than an empty political slogan." The Court rejected this defense and Reich was convicted of contempt of court and imprisoned in Lewisburg Penitentiary where he died on November 3, 1957.
- [Wilhelm Reich in Hell] - A play by [[Robert Anton Wilson]
- Video clips in German of different discoveries WilhelmReich made
here (interesting, inferior video quality)