Vogel stated that he was influenced early on in his childhood and began his study of luminescence even then. As a child he suffered from respiratory difficulties and at the age of six had a near death experience -- he was officially pronounced dead of double lobar pneumonia. So profound was the impact of this experience that it was very difficult for the young Marcel to return to the so called “normalcy” of childhood. In fact, he never did. He claimed that at this time he experienced a light and a sense of love and well being that was overwhelming. Physical plane life seemed pale in comparison leaving him, even at such a young age, to question the meaning of life. He became increasingly interested in the study of the fireflies that he saw in his back yard. He wanted to know how this little insect could emit such a light.
As an adult, he started his own company, Vogel Luminescense in San Francisco. For the next decade the firm developed a variety of new products: flourescent crayons, tags for insecticides, a black light inspection kit to determine the secret trackways of rodents in cellars from their urine and the psychedelic colors popular in "new age" posters. In 1957, Vogel Luminescence was sold to Ultra Violet Products and Vogel joined IBM as a full-time research scientist, where he worked for over 27 years. .
He received numerous patents (up to 100) for his inventions. Among these was the magnetic coating for the 24” hard disk drivesystems still in use. His areas of expertise, besides luminescence, were phosphor technology, magnetics and liquid crystal systems.
During his research and life experience, Vogel came across two strong guiding principles. The first being that pure thought or intention is a powerful force, that it can be pulsed and focused with a laser like intention. Secondly, that love is the greatest cohering agent. Vogel likened love to gravity a force that is more than just emotion and is present at every level of existence.
He also designed the Vogel Crystal Wand, which focuses Universal Life Force Energy by concentrating it to a higher level. Vogel crystals are cut to the exact angle of 51 degrees 51 minutes and 51 seconds, the exact angle of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The crystal is designed after the geometry of the Tree of Life symbol. Its design is said to have come to him in a dream.
You can read more about Vogel's theories, patents and work in:The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
Psychic Exploration: A Challenge to Science edited by Edgar Mitchell.