Taetzsch, Robert Leonard (1931– )
Statistician, management engineer, and parapsychologist.
He was born on July 6, 1931, at Irvington, New Jersey, and
studied at the Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey,
where he received both a B.S. (mechanical engineering, 1952)
and a M.S. degree (engineering, cum laude, 1959). For many
years after his graduation he was employed at Union Carbide
Plastics.
Out of his interest in parapsychology, as an engineer he
worked on developing statistical techniques in order to control
psi phenomena, and the development of systems for transmitting
messages by psi processes. Utilizing an IBM 1620 digital
computer, he developed a psi communication system based on
binary targets and sequential sampling. He was a member of
both the Parapsychologcal Association and the American Society
for Psychical Research.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.