Turner, M(alcolm) E(lijah) (1929– )
Biometrician who experimented in the field of parapsychology.
Turner was born on May 27, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He
studied at Duke University (B.A., 1952) and North Carolina
State College (M.S. experimental statistics, 1955; Ph.D., 1959).
After graduation he joined the faculty at the Medical College
of Virginia. He joined the faculty of Emory University, Atlanta,
Georgia, in 1963.
In the field of parapsychology, Turner experimented in
model-building and statistical inference. He collaborated with
Ann B. Turner and Elizabeth McMahan in experiments relating
to the effects of time and distance on card-calling. Turner
also worked with Karlis Osis on experiments in extrasensory
perception over distance and developed a statistical model to
evaluate ESP over spatial distances.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Osis, Karlis, and M. E. Turner. ‘‘Distance and ESP A Transcontinental
Experiment.’’ Proceedings of the American Society
for Psychical Research 27 (1968).
Osis, Karlis, M. E. Turner, and M. L. Carlson. ‘‘ESP Over
Distance Research on the ESP Channel.’’ Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research 65 (1971).