Short Biography for Edwin C. May

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Edwin C. May spent the first part of his research career in his chosen Ph.D.-degreed discipline, Low Energy, Experimental Nuclear Physics, which he earned in 1968 at the University of Pittsburgh. Before leaving that career he had published 11 papers in the peer-reviewed physics literature including his report of the first measurement of the singlet state of the deuteron which appeared in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.

He became interested in serious research of parapsychological phenomena in 1975 when he joined the on-going U.S. Government-sponsored work at SRI International (formerly called Stanford Research Institute). In 1985, he became that program’s director, but in 1991, he shifted the effort to Science Applications International Corporation, another US Defense Contractor. His association with government-sponsored parapsychology research ended in 1995, when the program, then called STAR GATE, was closed by the US Government.

When the research was finally declassified in 2000, Dr. May was able to publish ground-breaking results and theories in the peer-reviewed literature. Since that time, a number of additional papers appeared in peer-reviewed technical journals[1]. Dr. May’s approach has earned him an international reputation for his research rigor and excellence even though the topic is considered controversial. He recently was honored to give a public talk about intelligence collection at the World War II famous site, Bletchley Park, in the UK. His technical presentations mostly to skeptical audiences, have been accepted worldwide where the venues include, Harvard University, the Universities of California at Los Angeles and at Davis, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, Trinity College—Cambridge, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, the University of Stockholm, Imperial College London, and Moscow State University to name but a few.

Dr. May has managed complex, interdisciplinary research projects for the US federal government since 1985. He presided over 70% of the funding ($20M+) and 85% of the data collection for the government’s 22-year involvement in parapsychological research. His responsibilities included fund raising, personnel management, project administration and planning, and he was the guiding force for and active in the technical research program. Currently, Dr. May is the Executive Director of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Since its founding in 1996, 13 of 17 research proposals to private foundations have been supported.

He accumulated over 12 years’ experience in experimental nuclear physics research, which included the study of nuclear reaction mechanism and nuclear structure. Dr. May’s accelerator experience includes a variety of tandem Van de Graaff generators and cyclotrons operating under 50 million electron volts. Other specialized experience includes four years of g-ray spectroscopy, one year of trace-element analysis (x-ray, and a-particle techniques), numerical analysis, Monte Carlo techniques, digital signal processing, and cardiac blood flow research. In addition, he has conducted physiology research through the careful investigation of the efficacy of biofeedback in a clinical setting.

His Dissertation was “Nuclear Reaction Studies via the (p,pn) Reaction on Light Nuclei and the (d,pn) Reaction on Medium to Heavy Nuclei.” B. L. Cohen, advisor. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1968). He is the author or co-author of a large number of papers, reports, proposals and presentations from both of his career activities.

The Parapsychological Association, an affiliate member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, granted him the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996 and for his contribution and research excellence and the Association presented him the Outstanding Career Achievement award in 2007. He was President of The Parapsychological Association in 1997 and has served often on its Board of Directors.

[1]May E.C., Paulinyi, T. & Vassy, Z. (2005). Anomalous Anticipatory Skin Conductance Response to Acoustic Stimuli: Experimental Results and Speculation About a Mechanism. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 11, 4, 695-702.

May, E. C. (2011). Toward a classical thermodynamic model for retro-cognition. In D. P. Sheehan (Ed.), Quantum retrocausation: theory and experiment (pp. 297-307). Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics.

Marwaha, S. B., & May, E. C. (2015). Rethinking extrasensory perception: Towards a multiphasic model of precognition. SAGE Open, January-March 2015, 1–17. DOI: 10.1177/2158244015576056.

Marwaha, S. B., & May, E. C. (2015). A refutation of the dualist perspective in psi research. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22(5-6), 70-95.

Marwaha, S. B., & May, E. C. (2016). Precognition: The only form of ESP? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23(3–4), 76–100.