Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm Reich (1897 - 1957)

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Wilhelm Reich
Born in Dobzau, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)map
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died in US Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvaniamap
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Wilhelm was born in 1897. He passed away in 1957.

Austrian psychiatrist and biophysicist. He founded the Orgone Institute in New York and is credited with the discover of Orgone Energy.

He also invented a technique called "cloudbusting" which he claimed could make rain by manipulating the orgone energy of clouds.

Kate Bush's song "Cloudbusting" is based on Wilhelm Reich and his cloudbuster, and also his imprisonment. It is told from the standpoint of his son Peter who wrote a memoir called A Book of Dreams. It was the second single released from her number one 1985 album Hounds of Love. "Cloudbusting" peaked at no.20 in the UK Singles Chart.

"I still dream of orgonon I wake up crying You're making rain And you're just in reach When you and sleep escape me" --Kate Bush, Cloudbusting

The music video was conceived by Kate Bush and Terry Gilliam and directed by Julian Doyle. It starred Donald Sutherland.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
  2. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV7-SBTR : 13 December 2015), Wilhelm Reich, 1957; Burial, Rangeley, Franklin, Maine, United States of America, Museum at Reich summer residence; citing record ID 11418, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11418

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