Ryzl, Milan (1928– )
Czech biochemist who experimented in the field of parapsychology.
Born May 22, 1928, at Prague, Czechoslovakia, he
studied at Charles University, Prague (D.Sc., 1952). He became
a biochemist at the Institute of Biology of the Czechoslovak
Academy of Science, was a charter associate of the Parapsychology
Association, and the winner of the 1962 McDougall
Award for parapsychology research. He is considered one of
the leading authorities on parapsychology in the West.
Ryzl took a special interest in paranormal cognition of subjects
under hypnosis, and developed a method by which the
ESP of such subjects may be brought under voluntary control.
He organized a parapsychology study group in Prague, but
later defected from Czechoslovakia and obtained a position as
a biochemist at San José College, California. He worked for a
time at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University and
in 1963 wrote a series of papers with J. G. Pratt. He is credited
as being the first person to write on parapsychology in Communist
Ryzl, Milan. ‘‘How Not to Test a Psychic.’’ Journal of Parapsychology
54 (September 1990).
———. ‘‘Training the Psi Faculty by Hypnosis.’’ Journal of
the Society for Psychical Research 41 (1962).
Ryzl, Milan, and J. T. Barendregt, P. R. Barkema, and Jan
Kappers. ‘‘An ESP Experiment in Prague.’’ Journal of Parapsychology
29 (1965).
Ryzl, Milan, and J. Bekoff. ‘‘Loss of Stability of ESP Performance
in a High-Scoring Subject.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 29
Ryzl, Milan, and J. G. Pratt. ‘‘The Focusing of ESP Upon
Particular Targets.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 27 (1963).
———. ‘‘A Further Confirmation of Stabilized ESP Performance
in a Selected Subject.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 27
———. ‘‘A Repeated-Calling ESP Test with Sealed Cards.’’
Journal of Parapsychology 27 (1963).