L. Ron Hubbard publishes his first articles on the subject of Dianetics: “Terra Incognita: The Mind” (Explorers Journal, Winter-Spring 1950) and “Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science” (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1950).
In May, Hermitage House publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which culminates Ron’s years of research on the subject of the mind. The public response is telling: a New York Times bestseller that remains on the list for twenty-six consecutive weeks, sweeping public interest, and demand for more information and lectures. L. Ron Hubbard leaves the field of fiction and Hollywood movie offers to devote his time to these demands.
By 1952, his research leads him to develop Scientology applied religious philosophy. For the next three decades, he dedicates his life to writing and publishing millions of words of nonfiction concerning the nature of man and the betterment of the human condition.
During this time, he also writes, lectures, and researches extensively in fields ranging from drug rehabilitation and organizational management to art and communications, while he advances and refines his understanding of the human mind and spirit. He still finds time for some notable achievements in exploration and writing.
Ron rescripts the German film classic Blue Light for Britain’s Adventure Films Production and drafts a cinematic treatment for an educational film aimed at Bantu tribesmen in South Africa.
He receives his second Explorers Club flag for the “Ocean Archeological Expedition to study underwater sites of historical interest such as submerged cities” in the Aegean Sea. He enrolls in the famous New York Institute of Photography’s correspondence course to familiarize himself with photographic advancements. Thereafter, he is periodically engrossed in a number of photographic projects: “East Grinstead—A Photo Story,” “A Student Comes to Saint Hill” and “Sir Robert Fosset’s Circus.”
His circus and English landscape photographs are selected for salon showings in Belgium and the International Photographic Exhibition in Nantes, France.
While on a “photographic holiday” in Spain, he obtains permission from Las Palmas officials to photograph the bullfights. Equipped with telephoto lens and a Voigtlander, he completes a memorable series. Also from these travels come Canary Island landscapes and portraits of flamenco dancers.
He accepts his third Explorers Club flag for the Hubbard Geological Survey Expedition, which amplifies existing knowledge of Mediterranean history.
Ron Hubbard organizes a complex shoot of the Lisbon Maritime Museum, including an ingenious series of photos of the Vasco da Gama flagship in miniature in Lisbon harbor. Also from this Lisbon stay are his official portraits of Portuguese Prime Minister Marcello Caetano.
He continues his photographic work, including a project on behalf of the Curacao Tourist Board, with a special series of architectural shots of the island’s historic synagogues.