Mr. Robert Lee Scragg, age 91, of Lake City, Florida died Tuesday, January 1, in Suwannee Health and Rehab Center, Live Oak, Florida. Mr. Scragg was born in Huntington, West Virginia and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in the 1970’s but has resided in Lake City since 2008.
Mr. Scragg worked as a scientist and an inventor and started off his technical career in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, he worked in a unit which jumpstarted his career and research as a Scientist-inventor. He went to school to study Physics at Marshall University, Radio and Electronics at Commercial Trade Institute, and Advanced Electronics at Temple University.
He went on to be a Founder, President, and Director of Inland Communications from 1959-1967. In 1969 he began his research for alternative energies and actually authored a paper on the subject, “The Impending Energy Crisis”. From 1970-1976, he researched alternative energies with chemistry and physics, which led him to filing four patents regarding the alternative energy. In 1976 he co-founded Solar Reactor Corporation in Miami, Florida. He worked there as a Director and Consulting Scientist-Technical Director.
In 1980, Mr. Scragg began an independent research study and development the electromagnetic combustion technology to fossil fuels, Electromagnetic Isothermal Combustion (EIC), and began to develop the “New Age” technology in the form of an environmental engine. From 1980-1984, he went on to patent an Electromagnetic Process and Apparatus for Making Methanol and constructed a reactor to test and validate the process, which he successfully did.
In 1984, Mr. Scragg founded Alpha, where he designed and constructed the first successful impulse turbine engine with the “New Age” research, EIC. In 1988, Menlo Park, a California based company, invested in Alpha and helped produce a workable prototype. The first prototype of Mr. Scraggs Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine Engine was completed in 1987 and three more followed up by 1997.
Mr. Scragg is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Scragg of Lake City, Florida: One son, Samuel (Teresa) Scragg of Boonville, Indiana: Two daughters, Roberta Perlini of Pompano Beach, Florida, and Rebecca (Bill) Bryan of Winter Park, Florida: Nine grandchildren also survive. A memorial service to honor the life of Mr. Scragg will be held at 1 P.M. Monday, January 7, in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Mr. Samuel Scragg and Alva Scragg reading the eulogy and officiating. Visitation and gathering with the family will be held from 12 to 1 P.M. (One hour before services) at GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 2659 S.W.Main Blvd., Lake City, Florida. www.guerryfuneralhome.net