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Winfried Otto Schumann – the life and discoveries of a German scientist

Author:Snežana Tucović

Winfried Otto Schumann’s biography – Winfried Otto Schumann, son of a physical chemist, was born on May 20th, 1888, in Tübingen, Germany. He spent his early childhood in Kassel and Berndorf, a city near Vienna.

Due to his father’s several business-related relocations, he grew up in various places in then German lands, including Berndorf, southeast of Vienna (Austria), and the Carolinental, near Prague (now Karlin, part of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic).


From 1905 to 1909, Winfried Otto Schumann studied electrical engineering at the Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe. Today that university is called “Karlsruhe”. It is the first German polytechnic, today’s equivalent to a technical university.

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Work experience 

He worked as an assistant to the founder of the Institute of Electrical Engineering, Engelbert Arnold. At the same time, under Arnold’s leadership (until Arnold’s death, in November 1911), he prepared a doctoral thesis “On the torques of winding the shock absorbers of multiphase synchronous machines with small oscillations of the pendulum in parallel operations” and obtained a doctorate in 1912.

After the final exam, Winfried Otto Schumann began working in the industry, as the chief of a high-voltage laboratory, for the company “Brown, Boveri & Cie” in Baden, Switzerland, until 1914.

During the First World War, he worked as a radio operator, and from the beginning of 1919 he worked as a research associate of the “Robert-Bosch-Stiftung” (“Robert Bosch” Foundation) at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at the “Technische Hochschule Stuttgart” (now the University of Stuttgart).

There he qualified for university teaching (“Habilitation”) in 1920 with the thesis “Electric voltage of gases”, where in the same year, he was appointed associate professor of technical physics, at the University of Jena, Germany.

In 1924, he became a professor of theoretical electronics and director of the Electrophysical Laboratory at the Technical University of Munich. The Munich laboratory later became the Electrophysical Institute, where Winfried Otto Schumann continued to work.

Since September 1947. until October 1948. Winfried Otto Schumann was on leave and worked at Wright Air Force Base (later renamed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), Dayton, Ohio, for the United States Air Force. In 1961, he received the status of professor emeritus.

In his scientific career, the work biography of Winfried Schumann is divided into four different periods.

The first period: he started with a dissertation and ended with the position of a full-time professor in Munich and was mostly dedicated to high voltage topics.

The second period: From the beginning of his professor career in Munich from 1924 to 1951, he worked on the phenomena of discharge in highly ionized gases (plasma), as well as on the propagation of waves in them.

The third period: from 1952 to around 1957, he dedicated to the study of the propagation of ELF waves in the cavity between the Earth’s surface and the lower ionosphere.

The fourth period: After 1958 and after his retirement, he mainly worked on the problems of the movement of electric charges under the influence of low-frequency electromagnetic fields. In addition, for several years he was a member of the board of directors of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, one of the world’s largest museums of natural sciences and technology, and a member of the board of directors of the Bavarian Broadcasting Service (“Bayerischer Rundfunk”). Winfried Schumann’s biography abounds in a wealth of hard-working and dedicated work in the field of physics.

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The discovery of the Schumann resonance

In 1952, a German professor, physicist Winfried Otto Schumann, at the Technical University of Munich, began trying to figure out whether the Earth itself had a frequency, actually a pulse. His assumption about the existence of this frequency came from his understanding that when a sphere exists within another sphere, there is also an electric tension that is created between them.

Here is how he saw it: Since a negatively charged Earth exists within positively charged ionospheres, there is tension between them giving the Earth a certain frequency. After his assumptions and through a series of calculations, he was able to determine the frequency by relying on the pulse of the Earth. That frequency was 10Hz.

But that was not all. In 1954, Schumann teamed up with another scientist (Herbert Konig) and confirmed that the Earth’s resonance maintains a frequency of 7.83hz. His research was later tested and confirmed by several scientists.

  1. Herbert Konig, who became Schumann’s follower at the University of Munich, discovered and further showed a clear connection between Schumann’s resonance and brain rhythms. He compared human EEG recordings with the natural electromagnetic fields of the environment (1979) and found that the main frequency produced by Schumann oscillations is extremely close to the frequency of alpha rhythms.
  2. Hans Berger, built an EEG machine that enabled the first recording of the frequency sent by the brain.
  3. Dr. Anker Miller was stunned to discover that the frequency of the Earth completely coincided with the frequency of the human brain.
  4. Research conducted by E. Jakobi at the University of Düsseldorf has shown that the absence of Schumann waves creates mental and physical health problems in the human body.
  5. Professor R. Wever of the Max Planck Institute for Physiology in Erling-Andechs. He built an underground bunker, outside the magnetic field, and took student volunteers, who spent 4 weeks in it. He found that the student’s circadian rhythms diverged and that they suffered from emotional stress and migraines. Weaver then added Schumann’s frequency back to their environment, and the results were astounding. After only a short exposure to 7.83 Hz, the health of the volunteers stabilized. This showed a direct connection between humans and their connection to the Earth’s pulse.
  6. This was confirmed in 2011 by Luc Montani, who came across the discovery while researching water memory. Schumann resonance is an accepted term, used when it is necessary to describe or measure the pulse of the Earth.

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 Although Schumann’s resonance could have been confirmed by measurements at the time of the discovery, it is much more difficult to detect that resonance now, due to the fact that our atmosphere is now largely flooded with man-made radiation and various frequencies. This suggests that our wireless technologies are destroying the natural signal today, while our mental and physical bodies require it to function in a healthy way.

Scientist Winfried Otto Schumann was 86 when he died on September 22, 1974.

Winfried Otto Schumann, a physicist, is a hard-working man, to whom we owe infinite gratitude because he proved to humanity that we are one with nature!

Winfried Otto Schumann resonance, is the inspiration for the creation of the device “Lucha T8”, to improve well-being, which creates and emits the Earth’s natural frequency of 7.83Hz. “Lucha T8” aims to bring us back to the natural signal and unlock the full potential of our organism to self-regulate and balance!


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