Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Dianetics Today
Publication date: 1975
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Church of Scientology of California
Description: Biographical sketch of L. Ron Hubbard
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
L. RON HUBBARD was born on the 13th of March, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska, USA, to Commander Harry Ross Hubbard of the US Navy and Dora May Hubbard (nee Waterbury de Wolfe).
He grew up in Montana with old frontiersmen and cowboys, and had an Indian medicine man as one of his best friends. Here in Montana, L. Ron Hubbard had his first encounter with another culture, the Blackfoot (Pikuni) Indians. He became a blood brother of the Pikuni and was later to write about them in his first published novel, Buckskin Brigades.
By the time he was 12 years old, he had read a good number of the world’s greatest classics and began to take interest in the fields of religion and philosophy. During this time, while living in Washington, D.C., he became a close friend of President Calvin Coolidge’s son, Calvin Jr., whose early death accelerated L. Ron Hubbard’s interest in the mind and spirit of Man.
From 1925 to 1929, his father’s career took the family to the Far East where L. Ron Hubbard journeyed throughout Asia, exploring out-of-the-way places, and saw many new peoples and customs.
In 1929 with the death of his grandfather, the Hubbard family returned to the United States and there L. Ron Hubbard continued his formal education. He attended Swavely Prep School in Manassas, Virginia, and went to high school at Woodward School for Boys in Washington, D.C.
In 1930, he graduated from Woodward with honors, and enrolled at George Washington University Engineering School in the fall. He became the associate editor of the university newspaper and was a member of many of the university’s clubs and societies, including the Twentieth Marine Corps Reserve and the George Washington College Company.
While at George Washington University, he learned to fly and discovered a particular aptitude as a glider pilot. Here, also, he was enrolled in one of the first nuclear physics courses ever taught in an American university.
As a student, barely twenty years old, he supported himself by writing, and within a very few years he had established himself as an essayist in the literary world.
Even though he was very busy during these college years, L. Ron Hubbard still found time for his exploring. In 1931, at the age of twenty, he led the Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition as a director, and underwater films made on that journey provided the Hydrographic Office and the University of Michigan with invaluable data for the furtherance of their research. And again in 1932, at twenty-one years of age, L. Ron Hubbard led another expedition conducting the West Indies Mineralogical Survey and made the first complete mineralogical survey of Puerto Rico.
Although very active in several areas, L. Ron Hubbard continued his writing. Under about twenty different pen names millions of words poured from his pen and into print, including both fact and fiction, travel articles, stories of exploration and adventure, essays and anecdotes, science fiction, and western stories appearing in over ninety magazines and journals.
In 1935, L. Ron Hubbard went to Hollywood and worked under motion picture contracts as a scriptwriter. He is still very active in Hollywood’s movie production.
While in Hollywood he continued his study of “What makes men tick,” and in his own statement, L. Ron Hubbard dates the discovery of the primary law of life, summarily expressed by the command “Survive!” at 1938.
In 1940, as a duly elected member of the Explorers Club of New York, L. Ron Hubbard conducted the Alaskan Radio Experimental Expedition. He was awarded the Explorers Club flag for conducting this expedition. Also, in 1940, he earned his “License to Master of Steam and Motor Vessels,” and within four and a half months obtained a second certificate attesting to his marine skill: “License to Master of Sail Vessels” (“Any Ocean”).
In 1941, like many other young men of his generation, L. Ron Hubbard was commissioned in the US Navy. He served in all five theaters of the war. In 1944 he was severely wounded and was taken crippled and blinded to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. It was here that L. Ron Hubbard did much of his early research on the human mind. At this time, he already had a great deal of data on what was known about the mind. Earlier, between the years of 1923 and 1928, he had received an extensive education in the field of the human mind from Commander Thompson of the Medical Corps of the US Navy, a friend of his father and a personal student of Sigmund Freud. Injured, L. Ron Hubbard faced an almost non-existent future, yet he worked his way back to fitness, strength and full perception in less than two years, using only what he knew and could determine about Man and his relationship to the universe.
Some of his early research was spent determining whether the mind regulated the body or the body regulated the mind. If the mind was capable of putting restraint upon the physical body, then obviously the fact that was commonly held to be true, that the body regulated the mind, was false. He went about proving this.
And so, L. Ron Hubbard continued studying, researching, and synthesizing this knowledge with what he had learned of Eastern philosophy, his understanding of nuclear physics, and his experiences among men, to form some of the basic tenets of Dianetics and Scientology.
After leaving Oak Knoll, the study, work, writing and research continued at a rapid pace. And then in 1948, he wrote Dianetics: The Original Thesis, his first formal report of the mysteries of the mind and life, which was a fifty thousand word revelation.
The interest in Dianetics spread like wildfire. Letters asking for clarifications and advice and more data poured in, and just answering them was becoming a full-time occupation.
So the work continued, work on an extensive popular text on the subject of Dianetics that would answer all questions.
In May of 1950, Dianetics: The Modem Science of Mental Health exploded onto the booklists, leapt to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller List and stayed there. It is still a best seller today.
L. Ron Hubbard then founded in 1950 the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation in Elizabeth, New Jersey to facilitate auditing and training the public in Dianetics.
During the next twenty-four years many, many churches and missions have been established all over the planet to professionally deliver L. Ron Hubbard’s technology standardly to the peoples of the world.
The founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, lives with his wife, Mary Sue, and their children: Quentin, 21; Suzette, 20; and Arthur, 16. Their eldest daughter, Diana, 22, is happily married.
Today, L. Ron Hubbard continues his life’s work unabated, writing, researching and exploring new avenues and hitherto unexplained realms of life and the human spirit.
Hubbard, L. R. (1975). Dianetics Today. Los Angeles: Church of Scientology of California.