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BIOREGULATORY MEDICINE | History - Dr. Royal Raymond Rife, Jr.

• Biological Medicine Institute

Dr. Royal Raymond Rife, Jr., Ph.D. was born in Elkhorn, Nebraska on May 16, 1888. His mother died when he was just eight months old. Because his father, a mechanical engineer, worked 14-16 hours a day, the young Rife was put in the care of his aunt, Nina Colber Rife Dryden, who raised him as her own. 

In 1905, he entered John Hopkins University to pursue medical studies, but his interest in bacteriology took him into the world of microbiology. He then attended Heidelberg University in Germany, where he developed photomicrographs for their Atlas of Parasites. Heidelberg University was so appreciative, they awarded him an honorary Doctor of Parasitology.

From 1904 to 1908, Rife worked with Hans Luckel, Carl Zeiss' optical scientist and researcher at Zeiss Optical Works. Passionate about the ability of microscopes to make organisms visible to the human eye, Rife set out to improve their resolution and magnification. 

In 1912, Rife moved to San Diego, California where he established his first research laboratory. During that same year, he married Mamie Quill. A Lt. Commander USNR, he worked with the United States Navy before and during World War I. 

In association with the Zeiss firm, Dr. Rife and his wife traveled extensively to and from Europe right before WW1.

?During the years just prior to the Great Depression, Dr. Rife apparently worked for both the United States government and the Carl Zeiss optics firm. Moreover, as he received a Research Fellowship in Biochemistry from the Andean Anthropological Expedition Institute, he was probably doing private research on his own.

In 1920, he began constructing his first microscope and patented a high-intensity lamp for microscope use in 1929 (Patent #1727618).

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