Harry Grindell Matthews

Inventor of the Luminaphone, the Sky Projector and the legendary "Death Ray"

Description:

Harry Grindell Matthews is the greatest scientist the world will never know.

But the only thing anyone remembers, if they remember him at all, is the “Death Ray.”

If you can find him and convince him, he’s capable of producing technology decades ahead of it’s time. Of course, if you can find him, so could…less noble souls.

Bio:

During The Great War he developed wireless communication for aviators (the Aerophone) as well as an avionics auto-righting device (essentially an autopilot). He developed a system using light to find submarines decades before sonar, and developed a sound motion picture camera years before Hollywood was ready to buy one (Who’d want to hear actors talk?). He developed a remote controlled boat (using light beams rather than radio waves) and a “Sky Projector” (the bat signal), as well as the luminaphone, which played like a keyboard and turned lights into sound. He developed the Aerial Torpedo, a surprisingly sophisticated surface to air anti-aircraft missile system, and was working on a rocket plane at the time of his death.

But the only thing anyone remembers, if they remember him at all, is the “Death Ray.”

In the mid-twenties, Matthews designed a device that used directed electricity to assault a target. He was able to light an Osglim lamp, melt plate glass, explode gunpowder, kill vermin and stop a small petrol engine at a distance of sixty-four feet.

When the English Government declined to fund the research, Matthews prepared to go to France. Fearful of the technology in the hands of another country, even an ally, the British passed an injunction preventing him from selling or developing his device for “the remote projection of invisible high frequency electricity.” Disgusted, Matthews crossed the pond and opened a lab in New York City.

Harry Grindell Matthews

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