Parsons, Denys (1914– )
British administrator and documentary film director who
for some years was joint honorary secretary of the Society for
Psychical Research, London. He was born on March 12, 1914,
in London, England. He was educated at Eton, the University
of London (B.Sc., 1936), and the Imperial College of Science
and Technology, London (M.S., A.R.I.C., 1938). He was a research
chemist (1939–45); a director of scientific, medical, and
industrial films (1945–51); a manager with Applied Physics
Group, National Research Development Corporation, London
(1952–73); and the head of press and public relations for the
British Library, London (1973–80). Parsons published a number
of humorous books and guides and edited The Directory of
Tunes and Musical Themes (1975). Parsons took special interest
in research relating to quantitative evaluation of extrasensory
perception, on which he published a number of articles.
Sources
Parsons, Denys. ‘‘Attempts to Detect Clairvoyance and Telepathy
with a Mechanical Device.’’ Proceedings of the Society
for Psychical Research 48 (1946).
———. ‘‘Cloud Busting A Claim Investigated.’’ Journal of
the Society for Psychical Research 38 (December 1956).
———. ‘‘Experiments on PK with Inclined Plane and Rotating
Cage.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research 47
(1945).
———. ‘‘A Nonexistent Building Located.’’ Journal of the
Society for Psychical Research 41 (July 1962).
———. ‘‘On the Need for Caution in Assessing Mediumistic
Material.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research 48
(1949).