Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born on March 13, 1911 in Tilden (Nebraska, USA), the son of a naval officer. He spent his childhood in the Wild West in Montana, where the Hubbard family ranch was located.
As a teenager, he learned about Freud’s theory. And although Hubbard later rejected Freud’s teachings as ineffective and of little use, he made a very important conclusion: “Something can be done with the mind.”
In 1927-1929, Ron traveled to the countries of the East. He visited China, Tibetan monasteries, India, Japan, the islands of the Pacific Ocean, while finding and collecting “the necessary facts to understand the essence of human existence.”
The 1930s and 1940s saw the golden age of science fiction, in which Hubbard’s writings took a prominent place. During this period, he was a popular author in many literary genres: adventure, science fiction, fantasy, lyric, detective, western, and wrote scripts for films. Hubbard’s productivity is amazing: in six years (1935-1940), he wrote a total of 138 novels, novellas, and short stories in all possible genres.
At the same time, he is conducting research, the result of which is the “science of mental health” – Dianetics. However, the scientific community did not recognize Dianetics as a science. Although initially his ideas met with intense interest, soon after the boom he was accused of fraud.
In 1952, Hubbard launched a new product, Scientology. Beginning in 1954, local churches of Scientology began to be established in the USA, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, France, South Africa and other countries of the world. Having established effective work in all organizations, in 1966 Ron stepped down from the leadership, transferring all responsibilities to 100 trained administrative staff.
In 1965-1975, several waves of persecution of Scientologists took place around the world. According to the Russian Orthodox Church, Scientology belongs to the totalitarian destructive sects.
Ron Hubbard passed away on January 24, 1986 in California. And although he was and remains a controversial figure, his services to the genre of science fiction (in the broadest sense) are undeniable