L. Ron Hubbard

Dr Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911 – 1986), writer of science fiction and founder of the Church of Scientology in America (1911 – 1986), December 1959. He is in the office of his Sussex home, Saint Hill Manor, with his Electrometer which he claims can gauge the reactions of plants to stimuli. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)