W. Baumgartner will be missed

Last Wednesday, December 29, William Baumgartner’s dear wife Margery (Maggie) Baumgartner told me that he had passed over, in hospital in Kelowna which is a city in the interior of British Columbia. I lost a wise mentor who was a very special soul, and the world lost much of his vast store of insights about the works of Viktor Schauberger, Walter Russell, John W. Keely and Nikola Tesla. He did leave a collection of writings, however.

Eighty years ago he was christened Walter Baumgartner (but changed his name to William in 1993). As a child and as a teenager in Bavaria, he felt closer to truth when out skiing the Alps or mountain climbing than when sitting bored in school. His school teachers, exasperated at his constant questioning, quoted books written by authorities. “But you always search;” he told me. “You have a feeling something is not right in this whole scientific edifice.” He nevertheless went on to get a mechanical engineering degree from Technisches Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.

His love of nature led to a dream of living off the land in a trapper’s hut in northern Canada, so he emigrated in 1954. The dream gave way to the immigrant’s reality of working in a sawmill on Vancouver island and studying English on the side. Then he landed a job as an electrician on power dam projects which paid high wages to young men who worked long hours and didn’t question the environmental wisdom of hydro power. British Columbia’s frenzy of river-damming was then in full flood. Later he would read books such as Living Water, a biography of Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger, and see the importance of letting a river run naturally in unfettered spiraling movements. At that later time also he learned that there are workable alternatives to hydro dams or polluting sources of energy.

Someone in Vancouver introduced Baumgartner to Nikola Tesla’s patents and articles, long before many people knew about the topic. The young immigrant got an opportunity to repeat Tesla coil experiments and pulsing-the-earth experiments after a fortunate job change; supervising an automated pumping station for natural gas left him with spare time. He had moved to near the rural town of Merritt BC, where he could supervise from home. The utility company supplied a house with large workshop area. Baumgartner had newly-acquired machine shop tools. He had sent for papers from John Searl of England, so he built two Searl-type rotating magnetic disks. That was only the first of many projects in which Baumgartner studied others’ inventions and built prototypes of energy devices in order to learn what worked.

The friend from Vancouver was more interested in Tesla memorabilia, but agreed that money for research was needed. Their plan was that Baumgartner would write and sell information by mail order to raise money for research. They advertised in Popular Mechanics and were surprised when up to 40 letters per day addressed to Tesla Research Centre showed up in the tiny post office at Merritt. Most of the mail was from California, which led to contacts and some movement in the New Energy field – then called “free energy” — when he later lived in California.

A cartoonist named John Bigelow sent Baumgartner a page out of Walter Russell’s book Atomic Suicide and noted that Russell (1871-1962) was a friend of Tesla and had met Tesla occasionally in New York. That was the beginning of Baumgartner’s very thorough investigation of Russell’s experiments and Russell’s many writings about the background invisible geometry of the universe. Baumgartner eventually traveled to Virginia to visit the mansion called Swannanoa where Walter and Lao Russell had established a University of Science and Philosophy. Russell’s widow gave Baumgartner access to a wealth of information and an extended stay.

Baumgartner’s research path later took him through many subsequent adventures such as a well-funded two years in Mexico and financially disastrous stay in Australia. He was also called to the UK and to Europe as a consultant. (Accompanying this blogpost is a photo of him at the last conference in Germany where we were each guest speakers. I think that the last time he addressed an audience of 200 or more was at the book launch for Breakthrough Power in Vancouver.)

He pioneered in New-Energy print media by publishing the magazine Energy Unlimited from 1977 to 1987, followed by Causes newsletter co-written with Rhetta Jacobsen. They were teaching workshops when I met them in 1986.

Baumgartner described the vortex as “Nature’s Tool with which it creates anything it chooses.” Human technologies can copy the natural processes, he said, if we recognize nature’s movements. “In the center of the vortex you have the invisible shaft. The shaft accumulates ether energy. You have to create a steady flow out of the void, or space fabric, or ether or whatever you want to call it.” He coined a name for that creative process: vortex mechanics.

He was certain that the etheric energy of the vacuum of space is very real. “With our machinery today we dissipate this force so it never accumulates or flows steadily.”

His hands-on work was varied. Over the years he built large hydraulic turbines, Tesla’s mechanical oscillator, ozone equipment, a pancake-shaped generator, a levitating platform and other projects such as the Baumgartner Immersion Heater. From 1977 on, Schauberger’s work was never far from his mind. Across the Atlantic from the visionary Russell who saw the hidden geometry of space, Schauberger had been the hardware designer who brought vortexian mechanics into manifestation.

When William was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, around 1993 I visited his workshop where he was constructing Schauberger technology he called Twister Pipes. Baumgartner had to fabricate molds for the unique twisting, indented pipes, and when the pipes were finally formed he used variations in his turbines. The theory was that tornado power could be contained in channels shaped like the spiraling in nature. When air, water or another medium spirals through, its vortexian movement creates an inward-pulling centripetal force resulting in mechanical movement on a machine’s metal shaft. He was also learning more about the principles behind the inventions such as the compression principle of nature that Russell had described.

William Baumgartner worked with Schauberger’s successors in Europe and sent prototypes across the ocean that they had commissioned him to build. Toward the end of his life, Baumgartner concluded that there were easier approaches than Schauberger technology. William experimented then with magnetism and refined his theoretical understanding.

He was a visionary who never stopped learning and expressing uplifting concepts that would help people glimpse the larger realities of science. William had expressed science concepts through art a number of times, and in the past year or two he took painting lessons to improve his art techniques.

William was a gracious host to guests and generous. The last time I saw him was in early September when I had again been invited to their home, a six hour drive from the coast. On my birthday his wife Maggie, William and I walked a canyon path through a wilderness to a pristine waterfall within miles of their home. It was a perfect autumn day of admiring nature’s exquisite tableaux – and collecting memories to cherish.



  1. Thank you for the article! Great homage to a man I am saddened to have lost the opportunity to meet. He sounds like I would have loved to get to know him.
    My condolences to you and also his wife Maggie.

    Larry Vander Schaaf

  2. Frank Apostol says:

    All I can say is that I sincerely regret not having known such an incredible human being as William Baumgartner.

    I follow the energy research/discovery area as closely as I can, but because of a lack of funds not nearly as closely as I would like.

    I’ve read three of your books. You’re doing some great work. Keep it up as long as you can, and sincerely feel so inclined.

    I’d love to sit down and chat with you. And maybe…just maybe…miracles have been known to happen.

    Frank Apostol

  3. A wonderful tribute to a brilliant man, Jeane. Love & blessings to you and to his family.

    MJM of 12GoldenKeys.com

  4. My thoughts and love go out to Maggie. I will truly miss William – during our association working on many projects, we had become close and shared many interests and discussions about science, engineering, technical developments and questions about life itself. His comments were always thoughtful and fueled by his own special experience and insight.
    Wishing you many adventures on your continuing journey, William – May the Blessings Be


  5. Even though I never met William I did hear and read about his accomplishments. I feel for this loss and the knowledge that goes with him. I do wish his family well and will hold him in my prayers His work hopefully inspired younger minds to continue the quest for the truth for the betterment of the world.

  6. m. thompson says:

    Yes, because of the complexity involved, I can imagine some who attempt to manufacture and work with whorl pipes might come to the conclusion ‘.. that there were easier approaches than Schauberger technology.’

    However, the basic design found in the various ‘Repulsine’ type models, is simply elegance personified. Schauberger was a genius both in his technical knowledge and his understanding of the universe we live in. That he was frustrated in achieving his desire to provide us all with access to beneficial sources of energy is a comment on the nature of humanity.

    His legacy, and those who follow after, like Mr. Baumgartner, and you, Jeane, are bright beacons of hope to those who wish others well.

  7. Alex Loseman says:

    This truly breaks my heart..

    The very same month that I discover some of the most prominent members of the Free Energy community (Baumgartner, Bedini, Bearden, Lindemann, the Schaubergers and yourself Jeane) I have to lose the opportunity to connect with one..

    That same month I desperately searched across the internet for any remaining issues of his newsletter Energy Unlimited and found only a handful of references… and one single issue for sale on eBay… I will cherish this issue I hold in my hands now for the rest of my life…

    Jeane, thank you for sharing this information. I really looked forward to hearing about your meeting with him to write a new book… I can only hope he left behind enough knowledge for you to further your project.

    Jeane, how can I experience his work? Do you know any collections or partners that would share with me his knowledge?

    By the way, I very much look forward to reading your latest book which I will be purchasing tonight.

  8. Thank you Jeane for this wonderful dedication to William. He was truly a genius and I feel very fortunate to have worked with him. He was the closest thing to an “Einstein” that I’ll ever meet. He had an incredible mind.

  9. Thank you, Alex. I’ll post on my blog when there is news about any further books. Blessings!

  10. Is this Greg who built his website? Thank you for your comment.

  11. Mark Bachelder says:

    Thank you for this reverent article, Jeane.
    I would love to more about his work, and especially about his results. Did he ever replicate any of the results that Schauberger did? And are his archives safe, and replicable? for a price I;m sure.

    Very great to have this eulogy, and in this community.

  12. I’ll be interested to hear your experience of Breakthrough Power, Alex.
    Regarding William B’s work, maybe there will be time to put some of his writings on the web this summer.

  13. William work with me very close we have his video in Ireland and in way back machine perfectsciencewater , he was chased out of Yelm by JZ knight his wife Helen Jz stole there money see Doctor Mickely PHD about all of our work in Ireland . His wife is from Switzerland JZ stole a lot of money from Helen .

  14. We have his video contact Lex Hahn is Joliet , Illinois or Carole in Yelm perfect science Terry Welch pay for him when he was homeless and before he married Helen . Carole mite still have his video and Perfect Science brought him to ireland in 2000 paid , talk to DoctorMickley PHD 303-499-3150 he was cheated by many of Drunvalo people taken in Austria saved by some wonderful PHD they Drunvalo works with people who never want to pay and take creite for other work see Baron Jacob Rothchild or Enock , Micheal and Joe who stole our e-mail perfectscience@hotmail.com in 1999 Istanbul visa 1999 before earth quake and all so Paul UK Tank Park Law Office of theif Ross and Hardy

  15. William worked with me Terry Welch Al-Shheri or AL_Shheri ,Perfect Science AD reg research companies Joli et , he was taken by force in1993 when leaving
    Austria he change his name to William ( from Walter ) the women they say is his wife is not his wife . His wife is Helen from Switzerland. See his calls to my Sarasota , Florida house on Bay street . We Vital Earth Solutions ( Bill Spreitzer and I , Terry Welch were in Yelm when he and Helen were chased out by JZ Knight , where they haded the CIA hand book under the beecher where she worked ( see Micheal Moreland in Kent , conference what he said to me ) about the fake hairdresser JZ ) I paid back all of them in Yelm I know that lie Micheal Moreland is SAIC . I paid more and have the mailing proof and signature to Arlene Moreland , and Micheal Moreland and at the confidence .

    They stole Helen machine she , Carole , and another made a company
    they killed the black lady Doctor Mona Harris

  16. I have seen some YouTube videos and Natural Science has brought me here to this link. Tesla was correct so too his student Otis T. Carr and his student “Ralph Ring”! I would like more info about how to do my own wink wink!

  17. Hi Jean
    How may I contact you? I have research I need to discuss following up with Walters. Thank you for the wonderful article.
    Linda Warren
    Roswell Georgia

  18. We had the pleasure of meeting him. A genius I would say, so sorry for his loss to our society. We need more like him to help “fix” the problems in our world.

  19. I agree wholeheartedly. By the way, his former partner Rhetta Jacobsen will be speaking about vortex technologies at the TeslaTech conference in Albuquerque at the end of July 2017.

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