Herbert, Benson (1912-1991)

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Herbert, Benson (1912-1991)

British psychical researcher and director of the Paraphysical Laboratory, London. He joined the Society for Psychical Research before World War II and with friends took part in séances for mental and physical phenomena at his house in Chelsea, London. It transpired that he had mediumistic talent himself, and for a time he manifested a Chinese spirit entity with healing powers.

Herbert founded the Paraphysical Laboratory in Wiltshire, with his friend Manfred Cassirer as the honorary research officer. The laboratory investigates paranormal phenomena of all kinds but has specialized in physical phenomena. In addition to conducting many original experiments, Herbert and Cassirer traveled in eastern Europe for further investigations, becoming founder members of the International Association for Psychotronic Research in Prague. Herbert also visited Russia and conducted important tests with the famous psychic Nina Kulagina.

He died April 21, 1991.