Alternative Energy Institute: Stefan Marinov (missing page found on web.archive.org)
Life had never been easy for Stefan Marinov. It's no surprise that his death was also tragic. Marinov, a native of Bulgaria, was the former Assistant Professor of Physics from 1960 to 1974 at Sofia University. Several times in the sixties and seventies he was jailed for political dissent. But by far his biggest battle was with the professors who taught laws of science that he felt he had proven wrong. In order to inform the scientific establishment of his work, he submitted numerous articles to the prestigious journal Nature, but all were rejected. Marinov believed that his papers were not being published because of a conspiracy to suppress any knowledge that challenged the status quo. Finally, in frustration he paid for an ad in Nature, hoping to get his message across at his own expense. The ad, however, was pulled prior to publication and the money for the ad returned to him (1).
Marinov was outraged and wrote a letter to the president of Germany.
In an effort to back his cause, Marinov spread the word about a machine (Swiss M-L Converter) that extracted energy from the vacuum of space. A religious commune in Switzerland called "Methernitha" was utilizing the invention. Although he, too, was a member of the spiritual group, Marinov asserted that he was the only one who didn't actually live on the commune's grounds. He claimed that the people at Methernitha were unwilling to share their technology with the world, which they perceived as "fallen" and unworthy of such an incredible gift. Marinov said that he tried to persuade the Methernitha leadership to change their minds, but he was unsuccessful (3).
Stefan Marinov's claims were highly unorthodox and were considered dubious by the scientific community. He claimed to have disproved the theory of relativity by measuring the absolute velocity of the earth. He believed he had also disproved many laws held as sacrosanct by the scientific establishment. Among them were the Lorentz-Ampere Force Law, Einstein's speed of light law and special relativity. He also claimed to have demonstrated the existence of aether, a finding against the Michelson-Morley experiments, which said that the aether did not exist.
Tragically, his battles with what he saw as a conspiracy took its toll on Stefan Marinov. On the 15th of July 1997, Marinov apparently committed suicide by jumping out of the top floor of the library of the University of Graz, Austria. His motives remain unclear, but it is widely believed that his death was a result of his frustrating and on-going battle with the entrenched scientific orthodoxy of the day.
The world will never know whether or not Marinov could have substantiated his claims, but his tragic death galvanized the free energy movement. Stefan Marinov energized the search for a source of alternative energy, which would be an unprecedented boon to the whole of humanity.
Here are the footnotes (in parentheses and red above) for this page. They are hyperlinked when possible.
(1) http://www.padrak.com/ine/FINSRUD1.html "The Perpetual Story About Perpetual Motion." By Stefan Marinov (Editor of Deutsche Physik, Gras, Austria). Marinov's article about the Finsrud Perpetual motion sculpture. In this article Marinov recounts his own experiments with perpetual motion machines, and describes the sculpture, offering a possible explanation for how it works.
(2) http://www.padrak.com/ine/INE20.html This is the text of the letter that Marinov sent to Richard von Weizsacker, then president of the German Republic. The letter denounces the arrest of Sievers. All of Marinov's scientific claims of fraudulent science being taught at universities worldwide are listed, as well as statements that he can prove every word of his claims. He even threatened to light himself on fire in protest.
(3) http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/weird2/hyp/0068.html A letter on the death of Stefan Marinov from Dr. Robert Bass to several editors. The letter is somewhat of a testimonial to Marinov, and recalls the author's dealings with him. Bass remembers Marinov as being extremely brilliant and especially conscientious, noting that when he had read Marinov's book "Divine Electromagnetism" Bass noticed a mathematical error, which he reported to Marinov. Marinov reportedly responded by sending him the second-edition of the book, in which the error was already corrected.