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L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed and widely read authors of all time, primarily because his works express a firsthand knowledge of the nature of man — knowledge gained not from standing on the sidelines but through lifelong experience with people from all walks of life.

As Ron said, “One doesn’t learn about life by sitting in an ivory tower, thinking about it. One learns about life by being part of it.” And that is how he lived.

He began his quest for knowledge on the nature of man at a very early age. When he was eight years old he was already well on his way to being a seasoned traveler. His adventures included voyages to China, Japan and other points in the Orient and South Pacific, covering a quarter of a million miles by the age of nineteen. In the course of his travels he became closely acquainted with twenty-one different races and cultures all over the world.

In the fall of 1930, Ron pursued his studies of mathematics and engineering, enrolling at George Washington University where he was also a member of one of the first American classes on nuclear physics. He realized that neither the East nor the West contained the full answer to the problems of existence. Despite all of mankind’s advances in the physical sciences, a workable technology of the mind and life had never been developed. The mental “technologies” which did exist, psychology and psychiatry, were actually barbaric, false subjects — no more workable than the methods of jungle witch doctors. Ron shouldered the responsibility of filling this gap in the knowledge of mankind.

He financed his early research through fiction writing. He became one of the most highly demanded authors in the golden age of popular adventure and science fiction writing during the 1930s and 1940s, interrupted only by his service in the US Navy during World War II.

Partially disabled at the war’s end, Ron applied what he had learned from his researches. He made breakthroughs and developed techniques which made it possible for him to recover from his injuries and help others to regain their health. It was during this time that the basic tenets of Dianetics technology were codified. Part of his early research into the nature of mental phenomena included a study of the endocrine system and effect of the mind on the body’s ability to absorb and use nutrients.

In 1948, he wrote a manuscript detailing his discoveries. It was not published at that time, but circulated amongst Ron’s friends, who copied it and passed it on to others. (This manuscript was formally published in 1951 as Dianetics: The Original Thesis and later republished as The Dynamics of Life.) The interest generated by this manuscript prompted a flood of requests for more information on the subject.

Ron provided all his discoveries to the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. Despite the fact that his work would have benefited them and society immensely, they ignored his research and continued on with their archaic activities.

Meanwhile, the steadily increasing flow of letters asking for further information and requesting that he detail more applications of his new subject resulted in Ron spending all his time answering letters. He decided to write and publish a comprehensive text on the subject—Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

With the release of Dianetics on 9 May 1950, a complete handbook for the application of Ron’s new technology was broadly available for the first time. Public interest spread like wildfire. The book shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and remained there week after week. More than 750 Dianetics study groups sprang up within a few months of its publication.

Ron’s work did not stop with the success of Dianetics but accelerated, with new discoveries and breakthroughs a constant, normal occurrence. In his further research he discovered the very nature of life itself and its exact relationship to this universe. These discoveries led to his development of Scientology, the first workable technology for the improvement of conditions in any aspect of life.

One of the areas Ron gave special attention to in his work was drug rehabilitation. He developed technology, now in use by Narconon centers, which makes it possible for hard-core drug users to recover fully from their addictions. Using his techniques exclusively, Narconon centers have an impressive rate of success in helping people to come off drugs—and stay off them.

Ron also conducted extensive studies in the fields of vitamins, minerals and nutrition, resulting in breakthroughs which helped addicts come off drugs more easily, without having to go through the well-known horrors of painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

During the explosion of drug use around the world in the 1960s and early 1970s, he found that people could not achieve the full gains possible from Dianetics and Scientology techniques unless the effects caused by drugs were relieved. He developed techniques to handle the mental effects of drugs, and in further research discovered the factor of drug residuals lodging in the body. From this discovery the Purification program was developed, which Ron released in 1979.

Ron continued his research and writing through 1985, amassing an enormous volume of material totaling over 60 million words—recorded in books, manuscripts and taped lectures. Today these works are studied and applied daily in hundreds of Scientology churches, missions and organizations around the world.

With his research fully completed and codified, L. Ron Hubbard departed his body on 24 January 1986.

Ron opened a wide bridge to understanding and freedom for mankind. Through his efforts, there now exists a totally workable technology with which people can help each other improve their lives and succeed in achieving their goals.

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