Keil, H(erbert) H(ans) J(ürgen) (1930– )
Lecturer in psychology and active parapsychologist. Keil
was born May 30, 1930, at Freiberg, Germany. He emigrated
to Australia as a young man and studied at the University of
Tasmania, Hobart, from which he earned his B.A. (1957), Dip.
Ed. (1959), and B.A. hons. (1960).
After a year as a teaching fellow in psychology at the University
of Tasmania (1960–61) Keil became a research fellow at the
Parapsychology Laboratory of North Carolina’s Duke University
(1961–62). He later returned to the University of Tasmania
as a lecturer in psychology and became an associate member of
the Parapsychological Association.
His parapsychological investigations included studies of
psychokinesis with improved controls and automated experimental
paraphernalia. With Montague Ullman and J. G. Pratt
he presented a critical evaluation of psychokinetic findings regarding
the psychic Nina Kulagina. Keil later wrote a book
about Pratt, with whom he worked on various occasions. He
also published articles in the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical
Research and the Journal of the American Society for Psychical
Research.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Keil, Jürgen. Gaither Pratt A Life for Parapsychology. Jefferson,
N.C. McFarland, 1987.
Keil, Jürgen, and J. Gaither Pratt. ‘‘First Hand Observations
of Nina S. Kulagina Suggestive of PK on Static Objects.’’ Journal
of the American Society for Psychical Research 67 (1973).
Keil, Jürgen, Montague Ullman, and J. Gaither Pratt. ‘‘Directly
Observable Voluntary PK Effects.’’ Proceedings of the Society
for Psychical Research 56 (1976).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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