Pincott, Hugh (1941– )
British chemist and psychical researcher. He was born on
October 11, 1941, in Swansea, Wales. He was educated at Pontardawe
Grammar School and the Universities of St. Andrews
and Dundee. He obtained the first Ph.D. from Dundee University
on its foundation in 1967, and he later became a chartered
chemist. He was employed for nearly a quarter of a century by
the British Petroleum group of companies and occupied several
commercial positions of increasing seniority, eventually becoming
assistant coordinator of BP’s chemicals operation in the
Western Hemisphere. Following a rationalization of company
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Pincott, Hugh
interest in 1984, Pincott left BP and established his own organization,
Specialist Knowledge Services (SKS), which does marketing
consultancy and specialist bookselling.
Pincott joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1971,
was appointed a member of its Council in 1974, and became
its honorary secretary and treasurer in 1976. He was one of the
founding members of the Association for the Scientific Study
of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) in 1981 and acted as the
external affairs officer for two years. Since 1983 he has been the
association’s honorary general secretary. Among his wide research
activities have been mental mediumship, paranormal
metal bending, and, more particularly, regressive hypnosis to
alleged previous lives.

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