Dr. Patrick Flanagan invented the Neurophone in 1958. It is an electronic nervous system excitation device that trans- mits sound through the skin directly to the brain, for which he received U.S. Patent no.3,393,279 in 1968.
The invention earned him a profile in Life magazine, which called him a “unique, mature and inquisitive scientist”. Flanagan has continued to develop the neurophone and it is currently being sold as an aid to speed learning.
Flanagan at age eleven developed and sold a guided missile detector to the U.S. Military, aged seventeen gained his air.
pilots license and was employed by a Think Tank at The Pentagon and later as a consultant to the NSA, CIA, NASA, Tufts University, the Office of Naval Research, and the Aberdeen Proving Grounds for the Department of Unconventional Weapons and Warfare.
Since 1981 Flanagan has invented a series of useful devices and products based on water and specific mineral structures, in the area of health. Several of these have been very successful in the marketplace. His identification of the special properties of the negative hydride ion while once ridiculed got serious attention when the Nobelist Chandrasekhar proposed it as a major component in far space. Several scientific papers by Flanagan, about Silica Hydride have been published in peer reviewed jo
Flanagan actively continues his activities as scientist and inventor and philanthropist, promoting the really new science and new approaches to human healing, especially those based on the great traditions of India and Egypt.
For decades, Dr. Flanagan has openly invited stringent scrutiny of his research and discoveries by the medical and scientific communities. The seeds of this effort are blossoming at an exponential rate as the scientific community is validating and embracing his extraordinary contributions. Academics and researchers at universities from Oxford to Stanford are beginning to study Dr. Flanagan’s breakthrough discoveries and teach them to Scientists of the future.
Whiz Kid, Hands Down, LIFE Magazine – September 14, 1962
Written by: William Moeser
The very young man above is standing on his head because he says it helps him think. It evidently does. Pat Flanagan, a 17-year old inventor from Bellaire, Texas, is already nipping at the heels of the venerable 30- and 40-year-old scientists and inventors who built the remarkable structures seen on pages 54 to 65. Pat has just perfected a remarkable machine of his own which one day may help deaf people hear and blind people “see.” It may also earn him a million dollars. Pat treats his imminent collision with success with equanimity, for he reckons—and who is to gainsay him nowadays—that the generation which will take over from the Take-over Generation will find nothing is impossible.
Pat Flanagan is a unique and self-spurred teen-age boy who has forged his mind and body into the model of a mature and inquisitive scientist. At the same time he relects the more standard teen-age model; he is the twist champion in Bellaire—a suburb of Houston —a moderate party-goer and girlchaser, the holder of a private pilot’s license, and a spectacular gymnast. Despite his ability to function n two worlds, Pat leaves no doubt which one he favors. “There are far too many kids my age who are willing to just get along.’ Pat is confident in his ability to do a lot more than just get along.
His single-minded belief in his abilities began with a compelling dream he had when he was 8 years old. “In the dream I was told I had to learn all about physics and electronics, he says. “And it told me I should help people.” Already an athletic boy able to do 300 pushups a day, he thereupon set out to improve his mind. By the time he was 13 he was repairing television sets during summer vacations, trying to earn money to build an electronic laboratory in his attic.
Pat’s restless imagination drove him to tireless sessions in his laboratory. To abet them he solicited a rare favor from his parents and his older brother Mike—the privilege to experiment there undisturbed. One weekend last October, Pat started the experiment which led to the development of his particular fantastic machine. Starting with a radio transmitter he had designed himself he tried modulating its waves to see if he could induce a sensation of hearing in his nervous system without going through the normal channels of hearing. He hooked his radio to a small transmitter which looked like an earmuff. After 34 hours of work, he stopped up his ears, put the earmuff to his head—and found he still could “hear.”
“‘I ran downstairs to tell somebody—anybody. I woke my mom. She just rolled over and said to me, ‘That’s nice, Pat, but I’ll listen to it in the morning.’ ” She did listen in the morning and a lot of very important people have been listening to Pat ever since.
Pat calls his device the “neurophone” and the process it operates by ‘‘neuroception.’’ Essentially what it does, he thinks, is transmit electrical messages—identical to those sounds generate—-through the body’s nervous system direct to the brain. Hence he can place the neurophone’s earmuff someone’s spine or solar plexus, plug up his subject’s ears, and the person will still “hear.” Obviously if the neurophone in fact does what it seems to do, Pat has come a long way toward short-circuiting the body’s ordinary sensory processes and giving man unprecedented access to his brain. Other inventors—many with a lot more experience and facilities than Pat—have been seeking such a device for years, and Pat explains his success versus their failure as a product of his own vigorous one-man approach to science. I believe research in the problem of electronic hearing has been limited because inventors haven’t been able to use human subjects as guinea pigs. An animal can’t tell you just what he heard or how clearly he heard it. But I was my own guinea pig and I wasn’t restricted by the possible bad effects, and I got the secret.”
There is some question as to just what Pat has got—even he has no firm knowledge of why his neurophone works—but no question whatever that somehow he has got onto something valuable. Several companies have expressed interest in buying the rights to the neurophone and one Corpus Christi firm has tentatively offered him a million dollars if the machine can be adapted to send visual images into the brains of blind people. Dr. William 0. Davis of Stamford, Conn.’s Huyck Corporation, a research and development company which is also fascinated by the neurophone, says, “The ability to detect radio signals in the brain is a remarkable phenomenon. If we never learn more about Pat’s invention, even if we never learn why it works, it certainly is a utilitarian breakthrough which could help a number of people.” Davis, who used to run the Air Force’s basic research program, adds. “It’s important to realize that young Flanagan had the necessary intuition to invent his neurophone. You make discoveries intuitively, in the same manner you would paint a picture or write a symphony.
Hundreds of publications have covered Dr. Flanagan, his products, books, and scientific breakthroughs over the past five decades. At age 11, stories of his discoveries were reprinted in thousands of papers. He gained the attention of Life Magazine and they wrote a feature article about Dr. Flanagan in 1962.
Dr. Flanagan is also considered one of the fathers of modern research on Egyptian Sacred Geometry and Sacred Mathematics. Dr. Flanagan’s first book in 1973, “Pyramid Power,” has sold over 1.5 million copies in hardbound and has been written about extensively.
John Salvo, Ph.D. writes a Special Dedication to Dr. Flanagan in the forward of “The Complete Pyramid Sourcebook”: “Dr. Flanagan’s Pyramid Power book has been an inspiration to me… he was the first to apply the scientific method to this study and because of this book, millions of people all over the world know about the Great Pyramid and Pyramid Research. The entire research community is indebted to Dr. Flanagan for being a pioneer in this area.”
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