Morris, Robert Lyle (1942– )
Parapsychologist at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
He was born July 9, 1942, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and
studied at the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1963) and Duke
University, North Carolina (from which he received a doctorate
in biological psychology). After two years of postdoctoral work
at the Duke Medical Center and with J. B. Rhine, he became
the research coordinator for the Psychical Research Foundation,
Durham, North Carolina. Over the years he taught parapsychology
and psychology courses as a visiting lecturer at the
University of California—Santa Barbara; the University of California—Irvine;
the University of Southern California; John F.
Kennedy University (Orinda, California); and Syracuse University
(New York). He was named Koestler Professor of Parapsychology
at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1985.
He served on the Council of the American Society for the
Advancement of Science (1971–73), the board of the American
Society for Psychical Research (1979–83; secretary, 1980–82),
the board of the Gardner Murphy Research Institute (1971–83;
secretary, 1971–74), and the board of the Society for Scientific
Exploration (1985–86; vice president, 1985). He was on the
board of the Parapsychological Association for many years,
serving additionally as its AAAS representative (1971–77), president
(1974 and 1985), vice president (1976 and 1984), secretary
(1977), and treasurer (1975). He joined the Society for
Psychical Research, London, in 1985, and joined its council
in 1986. He has written over a hundred professional conference
presentations and publications in the area of parapsychology,
and he edited the Arno Press reprint program ‘‘Perspectives
in Psychical Research.’’ His main research interests have
included biological aspects of psi and anpsi, anomalous interactions
between people and equipment, psychic development
techniques, the psychology of conjuring, mentalism, and deception.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Morris, Robert L. ‘‘Biology and Psychical Research.’’ Edited
by Gertrude R. Schmeidler. In Parapsychology Its Relation to
Physics, Biology Psychology, and Psychiatry. N.p., 1976.
———. ‘‘Obtaining Non-Random Entry Points A Complex
Psi Process.’’ In Parapsychology Today. Edited by J. B. Rhine and
R. Brier. New York Citadel Press, 1968.
———. ‘‘PK on a Bio-Electrical System.’’ In Parapsychology
Today. Edited by J. B. Rhine and R. Brier. New York Citadel
Press, 1968.
———. ‘‘The Psychobiology of Psi.’’ In Psychic Exploration.
Edited by E. D. Mitchell. New York G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1974.
———. ‘‘Some New Techniques in Animal Psi Research.’’
Journal of Parapsychology 31 (December 1967).
Roll, W. G., R. L. Morris, and J. D. Morris, eds. Research in
Parapsychology 1972. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1973.
———. Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen, N.J.
Scarecrow Press, 1974.
———. Research in Parapyschology 1974. Metuchen, N.J.
Scarecrow Press, 1975.
———. Research in Parapsychology 1975. Metuchen, N.J.
Scarecrow Press, 1976.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Wiseman, Richard and Robert L. Morris. Guidelines for Testing
Psychic Claimants. Amherst, N.Y. Prometheus Books, 1995.