Certain individuals seem to inherit a strange legacy. Wilbert Brockhouse Smith was an engineering specialist born in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1910. He later became chief engineer for radio station CJOR in Vancouver before joining Canada’s federal Department of Transport in 1939, where he also served as senior radio engineer for Transport Canada’s Broadcast and Measurements Section. He was vital in developing wartime surveillance and pioneering significant breakthroughs in radio technology. During the process, he was also able to obtain several patents.
During his work there, he developed an interest in geomagnetic forces, which he believed might be used to generate energy. Moreover, he got engrossed in the UFO craze that was sweeping the globe in the 1940s. Canada’s strange investigation into aliens, UFO’s, and extraterrestrial technology was then started due to his theories and beliefs. At the time, it was not only a subject of interest for Smith, but he was completely obsessed with aliens and UFOs. He was always interested in studying UFOs and couldn’t stop thinking about them. At the time, he had many theories relating to UFOs and how they would appear.
Smith believed that aliens made us subjects of research in a similar way to how a scientist studies a bug. He believed that aliens looked upon us as lower lifeforms. According to him, this was the reason that aliens never came to contact us and they only spoke with individuals they judged to be intelligent enough to understand them. Moreover, he also believed that aliens would look completely different from humans and that they could even be highly advanced robots.
If we are to rely on sightings data alone, we are bound to get a rather one-sided idea of these creatures. For example, we see saucers traveling at terrific speeds and then suddenly stop or change direction. Under our concepts of physics, no creature of flesh, blood and bone could withstand the terrific forces which would be associated with such actions. Therefore we are led to assume that the saucerians must be some manner of robot or a creature the like of which we have never encountered.Wilbert Brockhouse Smith
Rather than just being fascinated by UFOs, Smith was more interested in knowing how they theoretically operated. He was certain that if these spaceships existed on Earth, they would be propelled by geomagnetic fields. He was so sure about this that he even started working on setting up a government-based research organisation dedicated to furthering this kind of research. Smith met with Dr. Osmand Solandt, chairman of the Canadian Defence Research Board (DRB), in December 1950 to discuss his plans to study the geo-magnetic forces as well as collect data about UFOs and use this information to build new paths in engineering and technology. He believed that geo-magnetic forces are very closely linked to alien technologies.
Smith believed that this research would shed light on new propulsion systems based on the manipulation of magnetism. To make this possible, he needed the necessary funds, equipment, and individuals. Therefore, Smith’s first project proposal included the study of geo-magnetism and how it could be utilised as a propulsion mechanism for vehicles. UFO research was not addressed in Smith’s first project proposal.
This project is for the purpose of studying magnetic phenomena, particularly those phenomena resulting from unusual boundary conditions in the basic electromagnetic field. There is reason to believe their discovery will open up a new and useful technology. The initial program shall include the following avenues of investigations, to which others may be added from time to time as may appear expedient.
1.Theoretical study of electromagnetic radiation assuming boundary conditions different from those upon which the conventional theory was developed.
2. Laboratory study of mechanical forces associated with electron drift and electric currents in metallic masses.
3. Theoretical and laboratory study of magnetic domain resonance conditions in magnetic materials.
4. Investigation of the propagation of magnetic wave motion in magnetic materials.
5. Investigate the possibility of producing, an effect, a “sink” in a magnetic field.
6. Investigate the possibility of producing, in effect, single isolated magnetic poles.
7. Investigate the effects of a magnetic field on a rotating curviplaner metallic object.Wilbert Brockhouse Smith’s first project proposal
Omond Solandt, who was a Canadian scientist and the first chairman of the Canadian Defence Research Board, was interested in the project. So, after seeking permission from the government, Commander C.P. Edwards, Deputy Minister of Transport for Air Services, accepted the proposal. Then, in 1952, Project Magnet was born. Though the main motive of the project was to discover new areas of technology, with Smith being the head, there was a strong focus on its connection to the UFO phenomenon, with Smith being motivated by the top UFO researchers of the day and their books on the subject.
While in Washington attending the NARB Conference, two books were released, one titled “Behind the Flying Saucers” by Frank Scully, and the other “The Flying Saucers are Real” by Donald Keyhoe. Both books deal mostly with the sightings of unidentified objects and both books claim that flying object were of extra-terrestrial origin and might well be space ships from another planet. Scully claimed that the preliminary studies of one saucer that fell into the hands of the United States Government indicated that they operated on some hitherto unknown magnetic principles. It appeared to me that our own work in geo-magnetics might well be the linkage between our technology and the technology by which the saucers are designed and operated. If it is assumed that our geo-magnetic investigations are in the right direction, the theory of operation of the saucers becomes quite straightforward, with all observed features explained qualitatively and quantitatively. We believe that we are on the track of something which may well prove to be the introduction of a new technology. The existence of a different technology is borne out by the investigations which are being carried on at the present time in relation to flying saucers.A top-secret report declassified in 1950, written by Wilbert Brockhouse Smith
With some help from the Defense Research Board, the project was a small-scale operation, carried out at Department of Defense facilities. Smith would write in his reports about the research that he had been successfully able to not only harness enough energy from the earth’s magnetic field, but also construct a sort of spaceship similar to a flying saucer, proving that the technology worked and that they were on the correct track, demonstrating the soundness of the fundamental ideas. To study UFOs and their physical characteristics, Smith built an observatory at Shirley’s Bay, outside of Ottawa. With the help of the observatory, he also wanted to learn how UFOs changed the magnetic and radiation fields in the area. The Observatory was well equipped with all the necessary devices, such as a magnetometer, a gamma-ray detector, an extremely powerful radio receiver, and a gravimeter that could measure gravity fields in that place. At that time, the research was kept highly confidential, but speculation circulated among the public that the top-secret facility was connected to UFOs, though the Canadian government denied it.
In a memo he wrote that his beliefs were backed up by a confidential information that he was able to obtain from internal sources.
I made discrete inquiries through the Canadian Embassy staff in Washington who were able to obtain for me the following information;
1.The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.
2. Flying saucers exist.
3. Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Dr. Vannavar Bush.
4. The entire matter is considered by the United States authorities to be of tremendous significance.
I was further informed that the United States authorities are investigating along quite a number of lines which might possibly be related to the saucers such as mental phenomena and I gather that they are not doing to well since they indicated that if Canada’s doing anything at all in geo-magnetics they would welcome a discussion with suitably accredited Canadians. While I am not yet in a position to say that we have solved even the first problems in geo-magnetic energy release, I feel that the correlation between our basic theory and the available information on saucers checks too closely to be mere coincidence. It is my honest opinion that we are on the right track and are fairly close to at least some of the answers.A memo written by Wilbert Brockhouse Smith
Finally, in 1954, the Canadian government revealed that the project was used to investigate and study UFO’s and officially ended funding Project Magnet. The government claimed that “no definite conclusions had been reached.” Even when the government stopped funding the project, Smith carried on the project on his own money. With the Smith claims becoming more outrageous than ever, Even more, he said that UFOs have some connection to psychic phenomena and that he had been able to communicate with extraterrestrial beings called “space brothers.” Telepathy was the mode of communication between the extraterrestrial beings and Smith. He also asserted that to carry out this communication, he had also found a way to “direct the signal mentally.” His claims also revealed that he had seen the dead bodies of aliens and had been abducted by extraterrestrials.
Smith continued his self-financed research at Shirley Bay till the time of his death. He died in 1962. He also published a book called “The New Science,” which contained many of his ideas and theories. Smith was often referred to as “the father of disclosure”. Despite the fact that his ideas and theories were regarded as strange by the general public, they remained influential in the field of UFOs. Even in mainstream science, he was an important personality, having been posthumously awarded the Lieutenant-Colonel Keith S. Rogers Memorial Engineering Award, given for dedicated service in the advancement of Technical Standards in Canadian Broadcasting. Even today, Smith and his enigmatic theories have remained fascinating figures in the history of ufology.
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