Meehl, Paul E(verett) (1920– )
Professor of psychology who has written on parapsychology.
He was born January 3, 1920, at Minneapolis, Minnesota,
and was educated at the University of Minnesota (B.A. summa
cum laude, 1941; Ph.D., 1945). Meehl joined the faculty of the
psychology department at the University of Minnesota and
served as its chair (1951–57); he was also a professor of clinical
psychology with the University of Minnesota Medical School
department of psychiatry beginning in 1951. He had his own
private practice as a psychotherapist and was elected president
of the American Psychological Association (1961–62).
Meehl had a continuing interest in parapsychology and belonged
to the American Society for Psychical Research. He
wrote various books and many articles on psychological subjects,
as well as articles on the paranormal, which he attempted
to integrate into his mainstream psychological insights.
Sources
Meehl, Paul E., and M. J. Scriven. ‘‘Compatibility of Science
and ESP.’’ Science 123 (1956).
Meehl, Paul E., H. R. Klann, and K. H. Breimeter. What,
Then, Is Man N.p., 1958.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.