Brief Biographical Sketch
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 10 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 psi phenomena in late 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 the government-sponsored psi research ended in 1995, when the program, then called STAR GATE, was closed by the US Government.
When the research was finally declassified in 1995, Dr. May was able to publish ground-breaking results and theories in the peer-reviewed literature. Since that time, many additional papers appeared in peer-reviewed technical journals. To learn more about the STARGATE era and the research since then, including the complete set of publications, please visit —currently under revision. Dr. May’s approach has earned him an international reputation for his research rigor and excellence even though the topic is considered controversial. He was honored to give a public talk about intelligence collection at the famous World War II 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 a few.
Dr. May has managed complex, interdisciplinary research projects for the US federal government since 1976. 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 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. Under Star Gate, he authored or co-authored 200 reports (formerly classified) to various US Government agencies within the military and intelligence communities.
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 γ-ray spectroscopy, one year of trace-element analysis (x-ray, and α-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 many 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; 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 and is currently on that board.
Finally, Dr. May and his colleague Dr. Sonali Bhatt Marwaha have a contract with McFarland & Company Publishers to produce the scientific and operations (i.e., psychic spying) of all the material released by the CIA in 2000 and more recently on the Freedom of Information Act site at CIA. These four-volumes are approximately of 500–600 pages each. The Honorable William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration, wrote a foreword to this collection.
There are several books on the Star Gate and the follow-up research after that program closed. The ones currently published can be found on Amazon.
May, E. C., & Marwaha, S. B. (2018). The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972–1995. Volume 1: Remote Viewing, 1972–1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN-13:978-1476667522; ISBN-10:1476667527
May, E. C., & Marwaha, S. B. (in-print). The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972–1995. Volume 2: Remote Viewing, 1985–1995. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
May, E. C., & Marwaha, S. B. (in-print). The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972–1995. Volume 3: Psychokinesis. Jefferson. NC: McFarland.
May, E. C., & Marwaha, S. B. (in-print). The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972–1995. Volume 4: Operational Remote Viewing: Memorandums, Letters and Reports. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
May, Edwin C., Rubel, Victor, McMoneagle, Joseph & Auerbach, Loyd (2015). ESP Wars, East & West. Crossroad Press, Hartford, NC. ISBN-978-1-941408-79-7
May, Edwin C. & Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, (Eds) (2014). Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing Research and Theory. McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, NC. ISBN-978-0-7864-9458-3.
May, Edwin C. & Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, (Eds) (2015). Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science. Volume I — History, controversy, & research; Volume II — Theories of Psi. ABC-CLIO. Santa Barbara, CA. ISBN-978-1-4408-3287-1.