Robert Allan Monroe
The son of a Medical Doctor mother and University Professor father, he began formal school at four years of age in Lexington, Kentucky. He completed
his academic history at Ohio State University where he studied pre-med, engineering , arts and sciences. Upon graduation in 1937, he worked as writer
and director at Ohio radio stations WHK, Cleveland and WLW, Cincinnati.
In 1939, he moved to New York City, where he eventually wrote and produced his first network program called ROCKY GORDON. After a sojourn as Radio
Production Manager at the advertising agency Donohue & Coe, Mr. Monroe formed a corporation called RAM Enterprises. The Corporation began production
of radio network programs, and continued to do so until 1956.
During the period, the Corporation at one point was producing a record number of 19 programs weekly, including such quiz shows as TAKE A NUMBER, MEET
YOUR MATCH, and the dramatic programs HIGH ADVENTURE, NIGHTMARE. SCRAMBLE, STORY TIME, RADIO NOVELS, MGM SCREEN TEST, MOODY SPEAKIN', and THRILL
SEEKER. Mr. Monroe also served as Vice President and Board Member of the Mutual Broadcasting System for over two years during this time. He was listed
in WHO'S WHO in AMERICA and publicized in magazines and newspaper columns during this era of his life activity. In addition, he became well-known as
a composer of musical themes and underscores for radio, motion pictures and television.
In 1956, his Corporation entered the field of radio station ownership with the purchase of two such facilities in WinstonSalem and Durham, North
Carolina. In 1962, a third station was purchased in Richmond, Virginia. The Corporate name was then changed to Monroe Industries, Inc. In 1963, the
Company moved into cable television, formed the Jefferson Cable Corporation, and built cable TV systems in Charlottesville and Waynesboro, Virginia.
Mr. Monroe's interest in human consciousness began in 1956, when he set up a small research and development program in his New York based company.
The research was designed to determine the feasibility of learning during sleep. In 1958, a key result emerged - a little-known state of consciousness
separate and apart from the physical body. The Research Team gave it the label, Out-of-Body Experience(OBE), which has become generic in contemporary
In the ensuing years, Mr. Monroe and his group began work on means and methods of inducing and controlling this and other forms of consciousness in
their laboratory. As specialists in creating patterns of effective sound, they used this base for their research. Their efforts gradually produced
significant results, and attracted International interest among people from all walks of life. These included educators,medical doctors,
psychologists, physicists, psychiatrists, ministers and research engineers, to name a few. Three patents were issued to Mr. Monroe for the methods and
techniques so generated, and the trademark, HEMI-SYNC, also became broad public knowledge. The Monroe Institute
In 1974, the Monroe Institute was formed out of the original research group, and began conducting learning seminars in selfcontrol of human
consciousness. These were held at various locations both in the United States and abroad. Most are now conducted at the Institute Center in the
foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge. Included in the facility are housing for thirty people, classrooms, conference rooms, lecture hall, research
laboratory and recording studios.
Through the years, there have been many major published articles based upon the Monroe Institute activities. Several related books are in publication,
including Ronald Russell's Using the Whole Brain and Robert Monroe`s trilogy published by Doubleday, Journeys out of the Body, Far Journeys, and
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