Rush, J(oseph) H(arold) (1911– )
Physicist and science writer who also studied aspects of parapsychology.
He was born on April 17, 1911, at Mount Calm,
Texas. He studied at the University of Texas (B.A., 1940; M.A.,
1941) and Duke University (Ph.D., 1950). He worked as a physicist
and teacher of physics through the 1940s, including work
on the development of the atomic bomb during World War II,
prior to becoming a physicist at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1962. He has published
a number of papers on astronomy and physics and is author
of The Dawn of Life (1958). He was in Boulder at the end
of the 1960s when the Condon Committee on UFOs was established
and he was invited to participate on it.
Rush’s interest in parapsychology dates to the mid-1930s
when he discovered some of the early texts on the subject by J.
B. Rhine. His acceptance of parapsychology came in part because
of his early experiences of clairvoyance and precognition.
He became a charter member of the Parapsychology Association.
In the field of parapsychology, he has studied and written
about the associative aspects of psi phenomena and the functioning
of psi with ordinary sensorimotor activities. He has
emerged as a sympathetic critic of the field and claimed that
much of parapsychology had been wasted by scientists using inadequate
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Edge, H. L., J. Morris, J. Palmer, and J. H. Rush. Foundations
of Parapsychology Exploring the Boundaries of Human Capabilities.
London Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Rush, J. H. The Dawn of Life. New York Doubleday, 1958.
———. ‘‘Parapsychology Some Personal Observations.’’ In
Men and Women of Parapsychology. Edited by R. Pilkington. Jefferson,
N.C. McFarland, 1987.
———. ‘‘A Reciprocal Distance GESP Test with Drawings.’’
Journal of Parapsychology (1949).
———. ‘‘Some Considerations as to a Physical Basis of Extrasensory
Perception.’’ Journal of Parapsychology (1943).