Louis Kervran was born in Quimper, Bretagne, France, on March 3, 1901. Already as a young boy he questioned generally accepted explanations if they contradicted his own observations. After school he studied physics and graduated as an engineer in 1925. In the year 1936 he published a paper in which he showed that electricity travelling through the human body does not obey Ohm's Law.
During the Second World War he was active in the résistance and was captured by the Gestapo in 1940. After that he was jailed in Lyons for several years.
He continued research and after 1945 became a responsible government official in Paris ministries, overlooking occupational health and safety and radiation protection. His positions included:
* Member of the New York Academy of Science
* Director of Conferences of the Paris University
* Member of Conseil d'Hygiene de la Seine
On his various jobs, he collected facts and performed experiments which showed that transmutation of elements does indeed occur in living organisms. He called the phenomenon "low-energy transmutation" or "frittage". His scientific collaborators sometimes spoke of the "Kervran effect".
It all started when he investigated fatal accidents from carbon monoxide poisoning when none was detectable in the air. Next he analysed why Sahara oilfield workers excreted a daily average of 320 mg more calcium than they ingested without decalcification occuring. He demanded - and provided - a new explanatory framework for a wide range of mysterious natural phenomena related to the environment and human health. His research always followed the rigorous rules of scientific investigation.
Other examples are the moulding of crabs, the work of earthworms and the drying of fruits.
His findings were publicly discussed in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Japan after 1959, when he decided to communicate them. In the course of the years he published nine books to present his findings and to defend his ideas.
Kervran retired from public service in 1966. He died on February 2, 1983.
In 1975 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in medecine and physiology:
(taken from: C. L. Kervran: Transmutations biologiques et physique moderne. Paris 1982, p. 24)