Forwald, Haakon Gabriel (1897–1978)
Scandinavian electrical engineer, inventor, and parapsychologist.
Born August 21, 1897, at Mandal, Norway, Forwald
was educated at the Technical College of Oslo. From 1918 to
1923 he was a pilot with the Norwegian Naval Air Force. In
1925 he received his B.A. from the Technische Hochschule,
Danzig, and later studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Zurich, and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
He worked as a consulting engineer and held many patents
for his engineering and electrical work.
In 1950 he began experimenting in the field of parapsychology,
particularly psychokinesis. In 1957 he was a research fellow
at Duke University and in 1959 a research fellow at the University
of Pittsburgh. He was given the William McDougall
Award for Distinguished Work in Parapsychology for his paper
(with J. G. Pratt) on ‘‘Confirmation of the PK Placement Effect’’
(1958).
Forwald became a charter member of the Parapsychological
Association and wrote a number of articles on parapsychology.
In 1969 he contributed Mind, Matter and Gravitation A Theoretical
& Experimental Study to the Parapsychology Foundation
monograph series. In this paper he discusses his experiments
in psychokinesis and states that they ‘‘led to the recognition of
mathematical structures which are the same in PK-forces as
those observed in physics. The findings suggest that PK-forces
are of a gravitational kind, and that they originate from a mental
influence on atomic nuclei in the material which is used in
the moveable bodies in the experiments.’’ He died September
16, 1978, at Ludvika, Sweden.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Forwald, Haakon G. ‘‘An Approach to Instrumental Investigation
of Psychokinesis.’’ Journal of Parapsychology (1954).
———. ‘‘Experiments with Alternating PK Placement and
Control Tests.’’ Journal of Parapsychology (1955).
———. ‘‘A Further Study of the PK Placement Effect.’’ Journal
of Parapsychology 16 (1952).
———. Mind, Matter and Gravitation. New York Parapsychology
Foundation, 1970.
———. ‘‘A Study of Psychokinesis in its Relation to Physical
Conditions.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 19 (1955).
Forwald, Haakon G., and Joseph G. Pratt. ‘‘Confirmation of
the PK Placement Effect.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 22 (March
1958).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.