James F Corum looks at the Philadelphia
experiment through the critical eyes of a
In the late 1970's, he recruited a
team of scientists to, for fun, see if
there was any scientific basis for the
description of events that occurred
during the Philadelphia experiment as
expressed in the book, "The
Philadelphia Experiment", by
Berlitz and Moore.
Much to everybody's astonishment,
1994 at the Tesla Symposium at
Colorado Springs, he, along with
his brother K.L. Corum Ph.D. and
J.F.X Daum, PhD., presented their
findings in a paper titled
"Tesla's Egg of Columbus,
Radar Stealth, The Torsion Tensor,
and the Philadelphia
They were, in a laboratory,
able to replicate radar
invisibility with their "egg
of Columbus" apparatus.
Their initial conclusion was as
"The analysis would appear to
lend credence to the hypothesis that
something more than mythology is
involved, and it renders plausible the conclusion
that sufficient motivation exists to
actually conduct a "Philadelphia
Experiment" to examine radar
stealth on ships with electric
drives. Independent of whether our
assumed values are practical or not, the
analysis, which uses no phenomenology
that wasn't known subsequent to 1938,
would probably have brought WWII Naval
investigators to the point of radar
stealth experimentation. In fact,
it would have been derelict behavior for
the Defense Science Research Board not
to have conducted such experiments if it
were aware of the Phenomenology (as it
must have been) in 1943. Such an
approach to stealth, however, is
impractical and certainly would be of
little interest, as such, to the
His paper is, as he says, to serve as
a "basis for discussion" for
"critical, not skeptical"
scientific thinking about the
possibilities of scientific explanation
for the events surrounding the
Philadelphia Experiment. He asks other
scientists to review his team's work and
provide critical feedback.
Dr. Corum currently works at ISR as the chief scientist and
provides technical guidance for the younger scientists and researchers.
As a child growing up in a rural New England farming community north of Boston, Dr. Corum was fascinated by radio waves and amateur radio.
DR. JAMES CORUM
He attended Lowell Technological Institute in Massachusetts where he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and then attended Ohio State University, studying radio astronomy, for his master's and PhD.
After college, Dr. Corum joined the National Security Agency in 1965, working on classified projects as an electronic engineer, then took a faculty position teaching electronics, physics and mathematics at the Ohio Institute of Technology in 1970.
Dr. Corum and his wife, Linda, moved to Morgantown in 1974 and he has considered it his "base of operations" ever since. He was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at West Virginia University for 13 years.
The academician was invited to the Soviet Academy of Sciences to Moscow to discuss his discoveries in ball lightning. He has performed satellite consulting around the world.
Traveling down the last strip of the Orient Express he researched the life of Nikola Tesla. He has published over 100 papers, has several foreign and domestic patents, and a few books.
After serving as chief scientist for a Huntington Beach, California firm, Dr. Corum returned to work in West Virginia.