Bernhard Philberth and Karl Philberth: independent physicists, engineers, and Catholic priests.

Bernhard Josef Philberth
(* 26th March 1927 in Traunstein;
† 8th August 2010 in Melbourne)
image: © Karl Philberth
Karl Friedrich Philberth
(* 5th November 1929 in Neustadt bei Coburg)

image: © Karl Philberth

Bernhard Philberth, born in 1927, studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

He achieved international recognition through his project on disposing radioactive waste in ice sheets [1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9] and made several discoveries in the field of relativity physics (time gradient) [16, 21], electrophysics (relationship between the basic electromagnetic units of measurement) [31, 36, 37, 39], and cosmology [88].

He addressed various issues of the German patent law [27, 32, 65]. Together with his brother Karl, he submitted a petition to the Bundestag requesting that heating oil for private houses be taxed [30]. In terms of fiscal policy, he also made several suggestions regarding petroleum and motor vehicle tax [48]. These initiatives influenced German legislation.

Together with his brother Karl, he received more than 100 patents on physical and technical inventions. Examples are the Philberth transformer1, 2 [4], which became well-known throughout the world, and the Philberth voltage selector [25].

His books, articles, and presentations primarily address problems on the boundaries between physics and theology3 [17, 38, 71, 91, 96]. Furthermore, he dealt with the existential threat that nuclear weapons pose [18, 19, 20, 23, 69]. In one of his renowned works, the book “Christian Prophecy & Nuclear Power”, he interpreted the Book of Revelation as a description of a nuclear war. This book received significant and unusual attention and was translated into several languages.

Bernhard Philberth spent the last years of his life in Melbourne (Australia) and died on 10th August 20104 [G3].

Prof. Dr. Karl Philberth, born in 1929, studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He received a Ph.D. in the field of geomorphology from the Sorbonne in Paris [10].

Working as a freelancer for the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, he initiated and headed the thermal drilling program of the International Glaciological Greenland Expedition (Expédition Glaciologique Internationale au Groenland). Back then he reached the deepest borehole that was ever drilled during an expedition. To reach this goal, he invented and used a thermal probe (“Philberth probe”) [12, 13, 14, 24, 26, 29].

Together with his brother Bernhard, he addressed various issues of the German patent law [27], submitted a petition to the Bundestag requesting that heating oil for private houses be taxed [30], and received more than 100 patents on physical and technical inventions. Examples are the Philberth transformer1, 2 [4], which became well-known throughout the world, and the Philberth voltage selector [25]. He also mathematically formulated many of his brother’s physical concepts.

In his 60+ publications, he addressed geomorphology, glaciology, electrophysics, relativity physics, quantum physics, cosmology, and problems on the boundaries between physics and theology. These topics are also the focus of his talks.

He is professor emeritus for philosophical present-day problems5 at the Hochschule Heiligenkreuz (Austria).

Karl Philberth lives in Egling in Upper Bavaria.

Important Facts

Important Facts

  • Studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich
  • 1947: The Bavarian economics ministry grants him permission to conduct research that was forbidden by the allied powers
  • 1950: Establishment of the “Physikalisch-Technisches Labor Bernhard Philberth” (operated together with Karl Philberth)
  • 3 July 1972: Ordination to the priesthood by bishop Rudolf Graber in Regensburg (ad titulum patrimonii)
  • 1980/81: Director of the German parish St. Christophorus in Croydon (New South Wales, Australia)
  • 1986: Establishment of the PH Foundation (together with Karl Philberth)
  • Studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich
  • 1961: Ph.D. from the Sorbonne in Paris
  • 3 July 1972: Ordination to the priesthood by bishop Rudolf Graber in Regensburg (ad titulum patrimonii)
  • 1981/82: Director of the German parish St. Christophorus in Croydon (New South Wales, Australia)
  • 1986: Establishment of the PH Foundation (together with Bernhard Philberth)
  • 1989: Spiritual director of the Gustav-Siewerth-Akademie in Weilheim (Germany)
  • 1990: Visiting professor for philosophical present-day problems5 at the Hochschule Heiligenkreuz (Austria)

Memberships

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References

1 Telefunken GmbH (Hrsg.): Telefunken-Laborbuch. Ulm, 1958
2 Kühn, Robert: Der Kleintransformator. 2. Aufl. Prien : C. F. Winter'sche Verlagshandlung, 1965
3 Silberer, Bernhard M.: Vom Sein der Schöpfung : Eine seinsphilosophische Entfaltung der Existenzphysik von Bernhard Philberth. Rom : Pontificia Universitas Studiorum a Sancto Thoma Aquinate in Urbe, 1981
4 Uhlenbruch, Waltraud: Eulogy for Rev. Father Bernhard Josef Philberth, 2010
5 Hochschule Heiligenkreuz: Vorlesungsverzeichnis Wintersemester 2016/17