Rife Newspaper Article
California Examiner
September 23, 1933

Microscope Magnifies to 31,000 Times


Dr. R. R. Rife Hopes Invention Will Extend
Knowledge: Featured by Variable Prisms

California Examiner September 23, 1933

Dr. Royal R. Rife, with experience gained on the first excursion into a new field of bacteriology, has developed a combination microscope and micro-spectroscope capable of magnifying without diffusion two 31,000 times, which he hopes will expand the boundaries of knowledge still further.

A little more than a year ago the scientist completed in his laboratory here the Rife microscope with a magnification of 20,000 diameters. With it he and Dr. Arthur I. Kendall, prominent Chicago bacteriologist, saw for the first time the filterable virus of typhoid fever, and in another experiment conducted in Dr. E. C. Rosenow's laboratory at the Mayo Institute, the hitherto invisible bacilli of infantile paralysis.


The new instrument, which Dr. Rife called the universal microscope, was constructed on the same principles as the first, making use of the variable, wedge-shaped prisms which were the unusual feature of the Rife microscope.
The microscopes perfected by Dr. Rife after 18 years of experimentation, accomplish what even most physicists believed was impossible. They magnified to 20,000 or 30,000 times, still preserving the image in its true form and allowing it to be seen with the appearance of depth. They also revealed to the eye unstained cultures through the use of polarized light and a monochromatic, variable beam thus making it possible to study living organisms and those which resisted stain


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