Now online is an old interview with Robert W. Prehoda. Prehoda was a prolific science writer who published on topics such as aging, life extension, and technological forecasting. In 1969 Prehoda published the book “Suspended Animation: The Research Possibility That May Allow Man to Conquer the Limiting Chains of Time.” In this visionary book, Prehoda covered a variety of means to extend the maximum human life span including, but not limited to, chemical anabiosis, human hibernation, suspended animation, and controlling the aging process.
Although Prehoda was involved in the James Bedford cryopreservation, he did not advocate offering cryonics services before reversible cryopreservation could be demonstrated in a mammal. In this he does not differ from many other (cryobiological) researchers. A major problem with this perspective is that future technologies may be able to reverse the damage caused by today’s preservation methods. It offers no hope for people who are terminally ill today. And as recent history has demonstrated, engaging in cryonics now can also create a stronger infrastructure to support legitimate cryobiology research. The least toxic vitrification agent to date, M22, would not have existed today without an existing cryonics infrastructure.
Despite attempts from Mike Perry and Mike Darwin to locate Robert Prehoda, it is not known if he is still alive.