Rao, K(oneru) Ramakrishna (1932– )
Lecturer in philosophy and parapsychologist. Rao was born
on October 4, 1932, in India. He did his college and graduate
work at Andhra University, Waltair, India (B.A. hons., philosophy
1953; M.A. hons., psychology 1955; Ph.D., 1962). He was
a lecturer in the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology at
Andhra University from 1953–58. He left in 1958 to come to
the United States as a Fulbright scholar. His stay at the University
of Chicago was extended a year with a Rockefeller Fellowship.
He returned to India in 1960 as chief librarian at Andhra
University (1960–61), but then moved on to North Carolina to
work with J. B. Rhine at the Parapsychology Laboratory at
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
He returned to Andhra University in the mid-1960s and in
1967 established the Department of Parapsychology, the only
such university department of its kind in the world. In the
meantime he had become a charter member of the Parapsychology
Association and was elected as its secretary in 1963
and its president in 1965. (He was again elected president in
1978). In 1977 he became the director of the Institute for Parapsychology,
but again in 1984 went back to Andhra to become
the university’s vice-chancellor. The following year he estabRandom
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lished the Institute for Yoga and Consciousness at Andhra and
became its director. In 1987 he again became head of the Institute
for Parapsychology, where he has remained to the present.
Rao has authored a number of papers and books on parapsychology
and related fields. More than any other person, he
embodies the internationalization of parapsychology and the
involvement of a growing edge of the field among scholars with
non-Western backgrounds in the last half of the twentieth century.
Sources:
Rao, K. Ramakrishna. The Basic Experiments in Parapsychology.
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1984.
———. ‘‘A Consideration of Some Theories in Parapsychology.’’
Journal of Parapsychology (March 1961).
———. Experimental Parapsychology. Springfield, Ill.: Charles
C. Thomas, 1966.
———. Gandhi and Pragmatism. Calcutta & Oxford, N.p.,
1968.
———. J. B. Rhine: On the Frontiers of Science. Jefferson, N.C.:
McFarland, 1982.
———. Mystic Awareness. Mysore, India, 1972.
———. Psi Cognition. India: Tagore Publishing House,
1957.
———. ‘‘Vedanta and the Modus Operandi of Paranormal
Cognition.’’ Philosophical Quarterly 1955.
Rao, K. Ramakrishna, and K. S. Murty. Current Trends in Indian
Thought. New Delhi, 1972.
Rao, K. Ramakrishna, and P. Sailaja. Experimental Studies of
the Differential Effect in Life Setting. N.p., 1972.