Targ, Russell (1934– )
Physicist with parapsychological interests. He was born on
April 11, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at Queens College,
New York (B.S., physics, 1954) and completed his graduate
study in physics at Columbia University. He worked
through the 1960s as a senior physicist (plasma and microwaves)
at Technical Research Group, Syosset, Long Island, New
In 1972 he entered Stanford Research Institute as a senior
research physicist, where he collaborated with Harold E. Puthoff
on parapsychological research. Their work on remote viewing
(a form of clairvoyance) became well known in 1977 when
they published Mind Reach; in this publication they argued for
the reality of psychical phenomena. Even earlier on, their work
had become controversial because of their experiments with
metal-bending attempted by psychic Uri Geller. He and Targ
left SRI in 1982 to become partners in Delphi Associates, which
attempted to use psychic phenomena for commercial purposes,
including predictions of changes in silver prices. He has become
president of Bay Research Institute and a staff scientist
at Lockheed Research and Development.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Puthoff, Harold E., and Russell Targ. Mind-Reach Scientists
Look at Psychic Ability. New York Delacorte Press, 1977.
Targ, Russell. The Mind Race Understanding and Using Psychic
Abilities. New York Villard Books, 1984.
Targ, Russel, and Harold E. Puthoff. ‘‘ESP Experiments
with Uri Geller.’’ In Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen,
N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1974.
———. ‘‘Information Transmission under Conditions of
Sensory Shielding.’’ Nature (October 1974).
———. ‘‘PK Experiments with Uri Geller and Ingo Swann.’’
In Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow
Press, 1974.
Targ, Russel, Harold E. Puttoff, and Charles T. Tart. Mind
at Large. New York Praeger, 1979.