RICHARD HOBDAY, PhD., born in England, received his Ph.D. Degree
from the School of Engineering, Cranfield University, England. As a
Chartered Engineer, Richard has been responsible for a number of projects
concerned with solar energy, energy efficiency and health in buildings.
Working alongside Architects on one particular project he became aware
of a lost tradition of designing sunlit buildings to prevent
disease, rather than to save energy, and became interested in the healing
powers of sunlight. He began to study the history of Sunlight Therapy
and found that the Physicians who practiced this ancient healing art
called Heliotherapy, and the Architects who supported them in their
work, used sunlight very differently from the way many of us do today.
Dr. Hobday has become a leading authority on the history and practice
of Sunlight Therapy. He is the author of The Healing Sun: Sunlight
and Health in the 21st Century, a very revealing book on the beneficial
effects of sunlight on human health. He relates how sunlight can help
prevent and heal many common diseases like breast, prostate and colon
cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. He also
describes how sunlight speeds up the healing of wounds and relieves
stress. The book also has information on how to sunbathe safely and
the importance of full spectrum light.
The light and heat from the sun are indispensable to all nature and
large numbers of people may be compromising their health through sunlight
Dr. Hobday will speak on The Healing Sun.