Bender, Hans (1907–1991)
Professor of psychology, author, noted parapsychologist.
He was born February 5, 1907, at Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
He studied with Pierre Janet in Paris during the 1930s
and received his Ph.D. from the Psychological Institute at Bonn
University in 1936. He was the only parapsychologist to avoid
the general suppression of psychical research during the Nazi
era. In 1954 he obtained the Chair for Psychology and Border
Areas of Psychology at the University of Freiburg, which became
the center from which parapsychology was slowly revived
after World War II. He retired from the university in 1975;
then he directed the independent institute known as the Institute
Für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene
(Institute for Border Areas of Psychology and Mental Hygiene).
From 1957 to the time of his death in 1991, Bender acted as
editor of the Zeitshrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie
(Journal of Parapsychology and Border Areas of Psychology).
He was a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Psychologie and the Parapsychological Association, an honorary
member of Società Italiana di Parapsicologia, and a corresponding
member of the Society for Psychical Research, London.
A distinguished parapsychologist who wrote a number of
books and articles on a wide range of subjects including ESP,
psychokinesis, mediumship, spontaneous phenomena, and
spiritual healing, Bender was best known in the Englishspeaking
world for his work on poltergeists, about which he
has authored a number of papers. The Institute für Grenzgebiete
der Psychologie und Psychohygiene houses a large library
relating to border areas of psychology. The library is administered
by the University Library of Freiburg, and the address of
the Institute is Eichhalde 12, D-7800 Freiburg im Breisgau,
Germany.
Sources
Bender, Hans. ‘‘New Developments in Poltergeist Research.’’
Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 6 (1969)
81.
———. Unser sechter Sinn. Stuttgart Wilhelm Goldman Verlag,
1982.