Kaempffert, Waldemar B(ernhard)
(1877–1956)
Editor and writer associated with pioneer psychical researchers.
He was born in New York City on September 23,
1877. He attended the City College of New York (B.S., 1897)
and New York University (LL.B., 1903). Kaempffert was a
friend of James H. Hyslop and Walter Franklin Prince and
believed that psychical research could help people learn more
about themselves from physical, psychological, and philosophical
viewpoints.
As science editor of the New York Times from 1927 to 1928
and from 1931 to 1956, Kaempffert’s favorable reports on the
work of J. B. Rhine and other parapsychologists helped to
spread public awareness of research in parapsychology and its
implications. He died November 27, 1956, in New York.
Sources
Allison, L. W. ‘‘In Memory of Waldemar B. Kaempffert.’’
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 51
(1957).
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Kaempffert, Waldemar B. Explorations in Science. N.p., 1953.
———. Invention and Society. Chicago American Library Association,
1930.
———. Science Today and Tomorrow. New York Viking Press,
1945.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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