Dean, Eric Douglas (1916– )
British physical chemist and parapsychologist. He was born
June 21, 1916, at Rock Ferry, Cheshire, England. He was educated
at Liverpool University (B.S., 1937; B.S., 1938; M.S.,
1939) and did graduate work at Cambridge University. He
moved to the United States in 1951 as a fellow of the American
Electrochemical Society at Princeton University.
Dean conducted research at the Educational Testing Service
in Princeton, New Jersey (1954–59), and then became the assistant
director of research for the Parapsychology Foundation
(1959–62). In 1962 he became a research associate at Newark
College of Engineering in Newark, New Jersey. There he and
his associate John Mihalasky initiated the PSI Communications
Project, out of which a number of papers were generated concerned
with different ways that psychic communications can be
monitored and measured. The major product of the research,
however, was a volume describing how psychic activity supports
successful businesspeople. Executive ESP appeared in 1974.
While at Newark College, Dean also served a term as president
of its Parapsychological Association (1967–69) and oversaw the
affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement
of Science.
He left Newark in 1976 and held several positions in industry.
He served as head of the ParapsychologyParaphysics department
of the International College in Montreal, Canada.
Dean also served as president of the International Kirlian Research
Association, which focused on kirlian aura photography
(a line of research that has proved a dead end). His interest
in kirlian effects was part of a larger interest in psychic healing
that led him to assume the presidency of the American Healers
Association in 1976. In 1977 he was elected vice president of
the World Federation of Healing. The Mystery of Healing, which
Dean authored, was published in 1993. He was also a board
member and also active in the Academy of Religion and Psychical
Research. Dean strives to make reiki-type healing more
accepted and used in U.S. hospitals.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Dean, E. Douglas, John Mihalasky, Sheila Ostrander, and
Lynn Schroeder. Executive ESP. Englewood Cliffs, NJ PrenticeHall,
1974.
———. The Mystery of Healing Still a Mystery after 60,000
Years. New York Search, 1987.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.