Christian O'Brien read Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge and spent many years as an exploration geologist in Iran, in Canada, and in other parts of the world. In 1936 he was involved in the discovery of the Tchoga Zambil Ziggurat in Southern Iran. In 1970 he retired as the head of the international oil operating companies in Iran, and was awarded a CBE in 1971 for his work. He then devoted his retirement to researching the many enigmas of prehistory, surveying and discovering the Integrated Astronomical Observatory Line A - Hatfield Forest to Wandlebury, near Cambridge, and the Bodmin Moor Astronomical Complex in Cornwall, England, both dated to c. 2,500 BC. He established the overwhelming mathematical probability and proof that these structures were designed for complex observational astronomy and went on to discover from Early Sumerian and other ancient texts, the origin of their builders, and the founders of agriculture and civilisation in the Near East c. 9,500 BC. The Path of Light provides the remarkable supporting evidence from the long lost recorded words of Jesus, rediscovered within the Egyptian Coptic records of the early Christian Church. Christian O'Brien died in February 2001 aged 87.
In the search with his wife Barbara Joy for the master builders who constructed Line A and the Bodmin Moor Complex, he followed the evidence back to the land of Canaan and Sumeria, and established the need to master archaic Sumerian cuneiform, Aramaic and Hebrew texts and languages.
O'Brien became the scholar who continued the work of Samuel Noah Kramer, who was born in the Ukraine in 1897, and died in the United States in 1990. Kramer was one of the world's leading Assyriologists, and a world renowned expert in Sumerian history and language.
The cylinders and tablets, recording the Kharsag Epics, form part of the Nippur collection held at the University Museum, Philadelphia in the USA. They describe in detail the agricultural, and advanced technical activities of the primary Sumerian Gods, An, Enlil and Ninhursag. The detail within the Kharsag Epics are supported independently by the Books of Enoch, and the early chapters of Genesis.
Christian O'Brien in his book The Genius of the Few, first published in 1985 and co-authored by his widow Barbara Joy, sets out the evidence that Kharsag and the Garden of Eden were one and the same, and that this record was a pre-historic reality rather than a biblical myth.
He concluded that the south Rachaiya Basin met the requirements as being the most probable location of the Kharsag/Eden site. And further that; a group of culturally and technically advanced people who settled in this inter-montane valley in the Near East had established an agricultural and teaching centre at about 8,200 BC. (Now re-calibrated to about 9,300 BC).
He derived his choice for the location of Kharsag from a wide range of disciplines, including descriptions of the area given by Enoch when he was taken to meet the Great Lord and record all that was going on. O'Brien finally used the French surveyed 1:20,000 map of the area, to eliminate three other possible inter-montaine basins before deciding that the Rachaiya south basin site, best matched the evidence.
The Path of Light provides the remarkable supporting evidence from the long lost recorded words of Jesus, but retained within the Egyptian Coptic records of the early Christian Church.
The Patrick Foundation Golden Age Project is an independent not for profit research project set up by Edmund Marriage and Barbara Joy O'Brien to continue with the research instigated and conducted by Christian O'Brien.