Along with my brother's reasoning on the methods and thoughts this guy had, we both came to the conclusion he simply did not understand business. No, I'm not talking about the 51% part directly, I just mean patents and licensing. Besides, even IF he sold out, it'd probably take a couple years for someone to reverse engineer his material, and even by that point, how many hundreds of millions of dollars would he and his family have from "early adopters" / the first companies to work with him? There's a time where it's all about the money and where all about the money is overshadowing good judgement. Unfortunately I think for him it was the latter.
Too bad these interviews didn't get to the bottom question of having Maurice answer what's the point then. He made a great invention but let no one use it.
To be honest, if I were to develop something like this, I'd be thankful if it could more than pay off expenses (then again, i'm a pretty low-maintenance person in terms of money), but more importantly, I'd want it to go to benefiting general society/population, and not only into the hands of defense contractors (sounded like that's who he was dealing with at the time).