Puthoff, Harold E. (1936– )
Physicist and parapsychologist born June 20, 1936, in Chicago,
Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University
where he worked from 1972 onward in the field of lasers. He
was responsible for developing a tunable Raman laser that produced
high-power radiation throughout the infrared section of
the spectrum. He has supervised research for Ph.D. candidates
in electrical engineering and applied physics at Stanford.
His interest in parapsychology was first manifest in his initiating
research in biofeedback and biofield measurements.
However, he has become most known for his research with his
colleague Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute on remote
viewing, a type of test for ESP in which one person goes
to a specified location and another person attempts to describe
what the first person is seeing. They reported remarkable success
and following the publication of their book, Mind Reach
(1977), others replicated the process with equally remarkable
success. Critics, however, found a methodological flaw in the
giving of cues to the percipient. The critics stimulated new research
which prevented the cueing and researcher Robert Jahn
has also reported (in Beloff, 1988) positive results with the new
format. Puthoff and Targ have also done research on Uri Geller.
(See also Ingo Swann)
Sources
Beloff, John. The Importance of Psychical Research. London
Society for Psychical Research, 1988.
Puharich, Andrija, and Harold E. Puthoff. The Iceland Papers.
1979.
Puthoff, Harold E., and Russell Targ. ‘‘ESP Experiments
with Uri Geller’’ In J. D. Morris, W. G. Roll, and R. L. Morris,
eds. Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow
Press, 1974.
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———. ‘‘Information Transmission under Conditions of
Sensory Shielding.’’ Nature (October 1974).
———. ‘‘A Perceptual Channel for Information Transfer
over Kilometer Distances Historical Perspective and Recent
Research.’’ Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
64 (1975).
———. ‘‘PK Experiments with Uri Geller and Ingo Swann.’’
In J. D. Morris, W. G. Roll, and R. L. Morris, eds. Research in
Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1974.
———. ‘‘Remote Viewing of Natural Targets.’’ In J. D. Morris,
W. G. Roll, and R. L. Morris, eds. Research in Parapsychology
1974. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1975.
———. ‘‘Replication Study on the Remote Viewing of Natural
Targets.’’ In J. D. Morris, W. G. Roll, and R. L. Morris, eds.
Research in Parapsychology 1975. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow
Press, 1976.