J. P. Sparks
From Kook Science
J. P. Sparks was a radio repairman and enlisted U.S. Navy Aviation Radioman 3rd Class who was reported in 1944 (and 1945) to have claimed the invention of a perpetual motion machine using magnets from a Ford Model T.
- UP (15 July 1944), "Sailor's Spare Time Motor Close to Perpetual Motion", Newsday (Hempstead, NY): 12, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/710673127/
- UP (1 Nov. 1944), "G.I PRODUCES UNUSUAL MOTOR AT NAVY BASE; Magno Machine Believed Nearest Thing to So-Called Perpetual Motion", Shamokin News-Dispatch (Shamokin, PA): 2, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/355577636
- UP (15 Mar. 1945), "Navy Radio Man Says He Made Perpetual Motion Apparatus", Berkshire Eagle (Berkshire, MA): 20, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/533064579
- CM (15 Mar. 1945), "This Needs No Petrol", The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld., AUS): 2, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48943170?searchTerm=%22perpetual+motion+machine%22, "NEW YORK, March 16 (Special). — A 23-year-old radio man, J. G. Sparks, of the U. S. Navy, claims that he has devised a perpetual motion machine from motor car magnets. Scientists investing the device, which Sparks has offered to the Government, says that the 'autogen' ran for four months on electrical energy produced by two magnetos, and would be running still if he had not discontinued his experiments to go to the war. He explained that the machine 'generates its own power by elimination of counter electromotive force which is found in conventional generators.'"