Keil, H(erbert) H(ans) J(ürgen) (1930-)

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Keil, H(erbert) H(ans) J(ürgen) (1930-)

Lecturer in psychology and active parapsychologist. Keil was born May 30, 1930, at Freiberg, Germany. He emigrated to Australia as a young man and studied at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, from which he earned his B.A. (1957), Dip. Ed. (1959), and B.A. hons. (1960).

After a year as a teaching fellow in psychology at the University of Tasmania (1960-61) Keil became a research fellow at the Parapsychology Laboratory of North Carolina's Duke University (1961-62). He later returned to the University of Tasmania as a lecturer in psychology and became an associate member of the Parapsychological Association.

His parapsychological investigations included studies of psychokinesis with improved controls and automated experimental paraphernalia. With Montague Ullman and J. G. Pratt he presented a critical evaluation of psychokinetic findings regarding the psychic Nina Kulagina. Keil later wrote a book about Pratt, with whom he worked on various occasions. He also published articles in the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research and the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research.


Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon House, 1991.

Keil, Jürgen. Gaither Pratt: A Life for Parapsychology. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1987.

Keil, Jürgen, and J. Gaither Pratt. "First Hand Observations of Nina S. Kulagina Suggestive of PK on Static Objects." Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 67 (1973).

Keil, Jürgen, Montague Ullman, and J. Gaither Pratt. "Directly Observable Voluntary PK Effects." Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research 56 (1976).

Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press, 1964.