Becker, Robert O(tto) (1923– )
Orthopedic surgeon and authority on the biological effects
of electromagnetism, with special interest in the relationship
between bioelectromagnetics and parapsychology. He was formerly
chief of orthopedic surgery at the Veterans Administration
Hospital, Syracuse, New York, and later clinical professor
of orthopedic surgery at the State University of New York Upstate
Medical Center and the Louisiana Medical Center in
Becker has published over 150 scientific papers relating to
growth and healing electrical control mechanisms, and the effects
of applied electrical currents andor magnetic fields on living
His pioneering research in biological electricity and regeneration
contributed to the emerging field of energy medicine,
which explores alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture,
electrotherapy, visualization, and hypnosis, all of
which appear to use an invisible common source—the body’s
innate electrical systems. Becker initiated the first official hearings
on power transmission line safety (1973–80, New York
State Public Service Commission). He also served as an expert
witness in congressional hearings before the House Subcommittee
on Water and Power Resources.
His publications include Cross Currents (1990) and The Body
Electric (1985). He has contributed chapters to numerous medical
and scientific books and is associate editor for vols. 1–3 of
Advances in Parapsychology (1977, 1978, 1982). Becker delivered
the 1990 Gardner Murphy Memorial Lecture for the American
Society for Psychical Research, titled ‘‘The Relationship between
Bioelectromagnetics and Psychic Phenomena.’’
Becker, Robert O. The Body Electric. Los Angeles J. P. Tarcher,
1990. Distributed by St. Martin’s Press.
———. Cross Currents. New York Quill, 1985.