Puharich, Andrija (Henry Karl) (1918–1995)
Physician and parapsychologist. He was born on February
9, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois, of Yugoslavian ancestry. He studied
at Northwestern University (B.A., 1942) and Northwestern
University Medical School (M.B. and M.D., 1946). He developed
an interest in psychic phenomena in 1947 and the followEncyclopedia
of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Puharich, Andrija (Henry Karl)
ing year set up the Round Table Foundation, Glen Cove,
Maine, to study the physico-chemical basis for paranormal phenomena.
However, it was after his period of service in the army
(1953–59) that his true interests emerged.
Through the 1960s, Puharich was an independent scientist
and inventor operating with the funds and patronage of various
funding sources including the Mind Science Foundation,
San Antonio, Texas; the Belk Research Foundation, New York
City; the Consciousness Research Foundation; and various industrial
and scientific organizations. He holds some 50 patents.
He did both psychological and non-parapsychological work;
his several books reflect his exploration of hallucinogens and
In April 1971 he decided to change directions and devote
himself fully to his first love, parapsychological investigation.
This decision was stimulated by his brief contact in 1962 with
the Brazilian psychic surgeon José Arigó, who died suddenly
in an auto accident in 1971. Shortly thereafter he went to Tel
Aviv, Israel, to meet metal bending psychic Uri Geller and
commenced a series of tests of Geller’s talents.
During these tests Geller apparently manifested psychokinetic
ability and dematerialization of objects which reappeared
elsewhere. Under hypnosis, a mysterious voice was heard in the
same room as Geller, claiming to be a superior intelligence of
an extraterrestrial nature. Similar messages had been conveyed
to Puharich by a Hindu scholar and psychic Dr. D. G. Vinod in
1953, and also by Dr. Charles Laughead of Whipple, Arizona,
three years later. These messages are described in detail in Puharich’s
biography of Geller, Uri A Journal of the Mystery of Uri
Geller (1974). It must be emphasized that these astonishing
communications, claiming to originate from superior intelligences
in spaceships, manifested in the Puharich’s presence
and seemed to follow him around from one psychic to another,
and the reports of these voices led many of Puharich’s colleagues
to question his work otherwise.
Puharich continued to work quietly through the 1970s, and
little has been published since concerning his direction or results.
He died January 3, 1995.
Puharich, Andrija. Beyond Telepathy. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1962.
———. The Sacred Mushroom Key to the Door of Eternity. Garden
City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1959.
———. Time No Longer. N.p., 1980.
———. Uri A Journal of the Mystery of Uri Geller. Garden City,
N.Y. Doubleday, 1974.
Puharich, Andrija, and Harold E. Puthoff. The Iceland Papers.
Amherst, Wis. Essentia Research Associates, 1979.

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