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Keely Biography

"The system, now being evolved and worked out to demonstration by Keely, restores, by religious science, the faith of which materialistic science has been robbing the world, thus confirming Dr. Lowber?'s assertions that materialists will never be able to reduce all natural and spiritual forces to mere vibratory action of matter; and that the reformatory movement in philosophy, which characterizes our age, will continue until all the sciences point to God and immortality." Progressive Science

Appletons Encyclopedia
KEELY, John Worrell, inventor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 September, 1837. He studied in the Philadelphia public schools until he was twelve years of age, when he became a carpenter's apprentice, and continued at that trade until 1872. Meanwhile, with inadequate training, he had become interested in speculations concerning physical forces, and originated certain theories of questionable value. His object was the liberation of primitive atomic motion, mid its application to the uses of man; the resolution of ether in which the waves of sound and light are supposed to be produced into a working "energy." The vibrations of windows and glass dishes in response to the sounding of various musical chords first set his mind upon the subject of vibration, and the curious sympathy between distant waves vibrating in harmony. His efforts were unaided until 1872, when a company was organized, and funds, since aggregating $8,500,000, were placed at Mr. Keely's disposal. This work resulted in the invention of a "hydro-pneumatic pulsating vacuo machine," whose action, it is claimed, is produced by forces obtained from water and air, which he still keeps secret, and which can exert a pressure of 500 pounds to the square inch. Subsequently he constructed 124 different engines, and has at present (1887) eliminated the use of water entirely in developing the energy that he claims to control. Results which are marvellous in their effects have been obtained by Mr. Keely, in the presence of reliable experts; but all exact details of the method of operation have thus far been carefully kept secret. (Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM)

John Ernst Worrell Keely was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827. His laboratory was located at 1422 North 20th Street. He died in November, 1898 under unclarified circumstances. Most of what we know about John Keely was communicated to us through many articles written by Mrs. Clara Sophia Jessup Bloomfield-Moore. Most of these articles were later edited and compiled into her biography of John Keely: Keely and His Discoveries published in 1893. She was a wealthy and finely educated lady who supported Keely in his work for more than ten years and perhaps she understood him better than anyone else.

Her proposal to Keely was for him to cease trying to develop a motor for commercial purposes and devote his efforts to discovering the fundamental laws that governed the forces he discovered and called Sympathetic Vibratory Physics. [See Moore Commitment to Keely] If he agreed she would finance this basic research effort out of her own pocket. He agreed to this in 1882 or 1883 and undertook tremendous labor and research for the next ten years. In 1892 or 1893 he finished his basic research work and delivered the results to Mrs. Bloomfield-Moore who was living in London at that time. It is not known what became of these papers. See Moore's commitment to support Keely

Citations
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. A compendium of information on the occult sciences, magic, demonology, superstitions, spiritism?, mysticism, metaphysics, psychical science, and parapsychology, with biographical and bibliographical notes and comprehensive indexes. Fourth edition. Two volumes. Edited by J. Gordon Melton. Detroit: Gale Group, 1996. (EncO&P 4)

Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. A compendium of information on the occult sciences, magic, demonology, superstitions, spiritism?, mysticism, metaphysics, psychical science, and parapsychology, with biographical and bibliographical notes and comprehensive indexes. Fifth edition. Two volumes. Edited by J. Gordon Melton. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. (EncO&P 5)

Biographical Index to American Science. The seventeenth century to 1920. Compiled by Clark A. Elliott. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. (BiInAmS)

Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 5: September, 1958-August, 1961. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1962. (BioIn 5)

Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 7: September, 1964-August, 1967. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1968. (BioIn 7)

Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 8: September, 1967-August, 1970. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1971. (BioIn 8)

Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 10: September, 1973-August, 1976. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1977. (BioIn 10)

Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936. (DcAmB)

Who Was Who in America. A component volume of Who's Who in American History. Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967. (WhAm HS)

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Keelys Mechanical Inventions and Instruments
Keely's Three Systems
Moore's commitment to support Keely

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