Van Busschbach, J(ohan) G(eorge)
(1896–1974)
Dutch Inspector of Schools who was winner of the first McDougall
Award for Distinguished Research in Parapsychology
for his work in investigating ESP between teachers and pupils
in American schools. Van Busschbach was born July 3, 1896, in
Amsterdam. He was a primary school teacher (1916–21), teacher
in psychology (1927–39), director of training school for
teachers (1940–49), and inspector of schools, Amsterdam,
(1944–61). He was a charter member of the Parapsychological
Association, a council member of the Parapsychologisch
Onderzoek (Amsterdam Foundation for Parapsychological
Studies), and a member of the Studievereniging voor Psychical
Research (Netherlands Society for Parapsychology).
Sources
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.
Van Busschbach, J. G. ‘‘A Further Report on an Investigation
of ESP in School Children.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 19
(1955).
———. ‘‘An Investigation of ESP Between Teacher and Pupils
in American Schools.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 20 (June
1956).
———. ‘‘An Investigation of Extrasensory Perception in
School Children.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 17 (1953).

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