Humpfner, Winfried G(oswin) (1889–1962)
German priest who was actively interested in parapsychological
studies. Humpfner was born on August 4, 1889, at
Aidhausen, Bavaria, Germany, and he studied at the University
of Würsburg (D. Theol., 1930). He entered the Augustinian
Order in 1909 and was ordained as a priest in 1914. He studied
in Rome and became the order’s general archivist and subsecretary
general in 1931 and was later assistant general
(1936–47).
Humpfner pursued his interest in psychical research
throughout his adult life. He was a life member of the Society
for Psychical Research, London, and an associate member of
the American Society for Psychical Research. He also joined
the Societá Italiana di Parapscicologia, Association Italiana
Scientifica de Metapsichica, and Imago Mundi, the international
organization of Roman Catholic parapsychologists. He
died on November 3, 1962.
Sources
Humpfner, Winfried G. L’Interpretazione di Fenomeni Metapsichici;
ovvero, L’Anima in Metapsichica, in Psicologia, ecc. (The Interpretation
of Metapsychical Phenomena; or, The Soul in
Metapsychics, Psychology, etc.). N.p., 1951.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964

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