Obituary:Robert Adams

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Robert George Adams, inventor of the PowerPedia:Adams Motor, passed away on the night of May 10, 2006 in New Zealand. In his late 80's, he had a serious stroke

recently which had paralyzed his left side. He will be missed.

There will be an official statement posted on his website over the next few days, at

In Memoriam

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Death of Robert Adams - Jerry Decker reports the death, and reminisces on the technology of Robert Adams. (ZPEnergy May 14, 2006)

Sentiments by Russel Prier

Received May 11, 2006 from Russel Prier

Robert Adams died last night the 10 May. He had a serious stroke

recently which had paralyzed his left side. I will miss him as we had

spent many hours together this past year.

Much of Robert Adam's work has never seen the light of day outside his laboratory yet. Many notable names in the FE movement have worked with

Robert and could tell of his achievements better than me. His work

covered many areas of Aether research including much on health as well.

I have been to see him many times this last year. His health has been

up and down. He has already had 2 heart attacks, and was very

seriously injured in 1958 or 9 in an auto accident that left him with

and twisted spine, which gave him much trouble so he has done well to get to 86 years of age.

I am sure his wife Margret would appreciate a mention of his passing as it was his life's work for the last 40 years.

Sentiments by Tim Harwood


I ran the Adamsmotor Egroup for 3 years, and I think it is fair to say it was one of the few genuinely successful free energy egroups, in the sense that many members were able to build devices at low cost that generated results that could not easily be explained. The work lives on in the PESWIKI as OS:CD Motor.

Our work was based upon the 1992 Nexus magazine articles. But the articles were cryptic, and left much work to be done, in terms of interpreting the work, and claims. Indeed, Mr Adams later conceded that in hindsight he would have worded many parts differently.

There was a definite conviction that there was something in the Adams motor, if only we could properly unlock its secrets. The Egroup unquestionably generated a genuine community enthusiasm, and went a long way towards making 'cold current' a repeatable phenomena.

The temperature drop some of the motors exhibited, both stators and circuitry, fascinated many an experimenter. Previously this exotic state of energy had only been talked about in connection with Edwin Gray in particular, and it had been thought high voltage would be required to manifest it - the CD motor implementation proved this not to be the case.

In its own way, the Egroup did make significant progress, establishing points in months it had taken Mr Adams years to master. The voltage harmonics were identified, the 50% drop in current draw at 6 ohms locked in. Optimal 9 ohm coil established. The importance of a clean, fast, circuit rise time validated.

Technical issues

The problem the Egroup eventually ran into, was that as Mr Adams himself conceded, you only really got significant over-unity back emf output at 240v - which was beyond the scope of what could be advocated / undertaken by home experimentation.

In addition, keeping the switch rise profile as clean and crisp at 240v as at 12v, was highly problematic, and the gains the physics offered at 240v, were often offset by the inferior current handling properties of switches at that rating. One was left with the feeling that switching technology is not yet able to operate to the tolerances the physics required.

This was of course the exact problem Mr Adams had run into in his researches. He was stated to be using pure iron cores, and mechanical switching, @ 240v even in the 1990s, although he had experimented with MOSFETS for a period. It sounded like a device stuck in the 1960s, when he first began his researches, but was in fact forced upon him by the limitations of the effect he claimed.

Voltage gain

The other problem was really the whole branding of the technology. While advertised as the 'Adams motor,' in reality due to the eccentric stator / rotor design, the device was more or less incapable of delivering torque. Lightly loaded operations such as fans were the only real application. In addition, as the motor was loaded, the effect tended to deteriorate.

This left only two viable development paths.

The first one would have been a low power 12-36v device, that recharged its source, and ran a light load such as a fan, MOSFET based. While technically possible, it required expert electronics to implement, and would never have been much more than a novelty toy. However, Mr Adams lacked the high level electronics skills required to do this, and seemed unwilling to partner with anyone who had such skills.

The second one was to stay with mechanical switching at 240v, and go for a high power home generator unit. This is the path Mr Adams chose to follow. After a period of obscurity in the late 1990s, the Egroup appeared to breath life back into his work, and offers of prototoyping following, work was apparently undertaken, and at one time Mr Adams promised 'exciting news soon' - but this never came to pass. How close Mr Adams came to shipping commercial product can not be stated.

There were other eccentricities. Mr Adams paraded qualifications on his website, including a Doctorate, that were not of a conventional origin. Since Mr Adams refused to disclose the source, in light of Mr Bearden's exposed Ph.D claims, I wrote an article for Eric Kreig, that did the best to get to the bottom of who the awarding institution was. He also spent time in his last 5 years attacking his local newspaper, as well as the LUTEC startup company, who allegedly plagiarised his technology.

In person

But one is also left with the impression that Mr Adams was a man, with personality flaws, hubris, and a touch of arrogance that at times infuriated people. When I called him, he demanded money from me to discuss his technology. Since privately we had in some respects taken research beyond what he had managed, I found this hurtful. At that time, we were more advanced on the use of MOSFETS, he was more practised with high voltage development. An exchange of expertise appeared to offer potential benefits to both parties.

Final thoughts

Mr Adams was one of the truly great experimenters of the 20th century. What he achieved alone was remarkable. He took an effect that is so obscure everyone else had missed it, and scaled it to the point of borderline commercial viability. Held back largely by the shortcomings of switching technology of the present period, more than his grasp of the system physics, his work will no doubt be seen as visionary at some point in the future. Flawed, yes, but still unquestionably a genius.

Biographical Information

See also

Directory:Robert Adams

PowerPedia:Adams Motor


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