Wilhelm Reich was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and a natural scientist. He studied and worked with Sigmund Freud in the 1920s, was briefly active in politics during the 20s and 30s, but focused completely on his Orgone energy research during the 40s and 50s - passing on at a state prison on 3rd November 1957. See also Odyle
Having spent 1934 through 1939 in Oslo and Scandinavia in general conducting research into Bions, Wilhelm Reich moved into the United States of America at the end of 1939 and spent close to two decades in New York and also Rangeley, Maine - where the Wilhelm Reich Museum / Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust still maintain his legacy.
During the course of his lifetime, he nurtured life in all its forms, first as a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, then as the originator of Character Analytic Vegeto-Therapy, later moving steadfastly towards the natural sciences with his Orgone Physics and Orgone Therapy. At the end of his life, he was developing and testing devices for conducting weather engineering and weather modification - such as the device which became to be called a Cloudbuster.
The various psychoanalytic movements still treasure his book "Character Analysis" (published in 1933), but choose to ignore the rest of his work.
The life-work of Wilhelm Reich is almost too trailblazing to be conceived in its absolute whole, ranging from major steps forward in psychiatry and psychoanalysis to measurement of bio-electricity, concentration and decentration of Orgone energy charges, the development and testing of an Orgone Accumulator (ORAC) with animal test subjects, human test subjects and also magnets - the identification of a temperature difference between an Orgone Accumulator and outside it - with which he interested Dr. Einstein for a while before one of Einstein's assistants convinced him that there was nothing there - which led to a brief flurry of letters from Wilhelm Reich to Einstein - never to be replied to (As an aside, Einstein said simply: "If this effect is true, it would be a bomb-shell in physics", during the 5 hour meeting between him and Dr. Reich.) - and much, much more.
The Wilhelm Reich Museum lists as Dr. Reich's most appreciable and important discoveries, in chronological order: 1923-1934 - Orgasm theory and technique of Character Analysis 1928-1934 - Respiratory block and muscular armor 1923-1934 - Sex-economic self-regulation of primary natural drives in their distinction from secondary, perverted drives 1930-1934 - The role of irrationalism and human sex-economy in the origin of dictatorship of all political denominations 1934 - The orgasm reflex 1935-1936 - The bio-electrical nature of sexuality and anxiety 1936-1939 - Orgone energy vesicles (bions) 1936-1939 - Origin of the cancer cell from bionously disintegrated animal tissue, and the organization of protozoa from bionously disintegrated moss and grass 1937 - T-bacilli in sarcoma 1939 - Discovery of the bio-energy (Orgone Energy) in sand packet (SAPA) bions 1940 - Discovery of Orgone Energy in the atmosphere 1940 - Invention of the Orgone Energy Accumulator 1944 - Invention of the Orgone Energy Field Meter 1940-1945 - Experimental orgone therapy of the cancer biopathy 1945 - Experimental investigation of primary biogenesis (Experiment XX) 1945 - Method of Orgonomic Functionalism 1947 - Emotional Plague of man as a disease of the bio-energetic equilibrium 1949-1950 - Orgonometric equations 1951 - Hypothesis of cosmic superimposition of two Orgone Energy streams as the basis of hurricanes and galaxy formation 1947-1951 - Anti-nuclear radiation effects of Orgone Energy 1951-1952 - Discovery of DOR (Deadly Orgone Energy) and identification of its properties, including a specific toxicity (DOR sickness) 1951-1954 - Identification of Melanor, Orite, Brownite, Orene; and initial steps toward pre-atomic chemistry 1952-1955 - Use of "reversed" orgonomic potential in removing DOR from the atmosphere in cloudbusting and weather control 1954-1955 - Theory of desert formation in nature and in man (the emotional plague) and demonstration of reversibility (OROP Desert Ea and the Medical DOR-Buster) 1954-1955 - Theory of disease based on DOR accumulation in the tissues 1950-1957 - Equations of gravity and anti-gravity
Noteworthy reading / watching: Wilhelm Reich: A Man's Right to Know ( 28 minutes, DVD/VHS available here Man's Right To Know Part 1 of 3 Man's Right To Know Part 2 of 3 Man's Right To Know Part 3 of 3
Wilhelm Reich: Beyond Psychology - Letters and Journals 1934-1939 Wilhelm Reich: American Odyssey - Letters and Journals 1940-1947