Justified & Ancient
- Aug 7, 2002
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FT was probably in its second or third year (1974 or 1975) year when JB drove out to Aldermaston, where I was staying with my parents. They ran the village store there for a while. JB kept in touch but that trailed off as he got into the business of providing questions and answers for quiz shows (or something like that). My last sighting of him was years later when a wonderful trove of Fortean and "unusual" newsclippings came up for auction. The owner had built a set of cabinets for the file cards. JB outbid everyone (I was penniless anyway, dammit!) and had a set of rolling archive storage units installed (so I heard). I was led to believe that JB just wanted to get his hands on data usable for his business; so I wrote to him (in Hampstead) but never had a reply. I wonder what happened to his data collection?Both smooch around West London so I'm not surprised there are no articles about them. JB hardly fitted the bill as being part of the upper-class Knightsbridge set.
I posted about his death in the RIP thread forgetting we had this one!Erlendur Haraldsson was a professor emeritus of psychology on the faculty of social science at the University of Iceland. He published in various psychology and psychiatry journals. In addition, he published parapsychology books and authored a number of papers for parapsychology journals. He died on Nov. 22nd, 2020.
Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation:
I recently received the sad news that my friend, and well-known parapsychologist Erlendur Haraldsson, passed away. Here is a short biography of his background:
“Erlendur Haraldsson was born in Iceland in 1931. He studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh (1955-1956) and the University of Freiburg (1956-1958), later studying psychology at Freiburg (1963-1966) and the University of Munich (1966-1969). In 1969-1970 he spent a year with Dr. J. B. Rhine at his Institute of Parapsychology in Durham, North Carolina, and in 1970-1971, he did an internship in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he met Dr. Ian Stevenson, leading to a life-long association and the publication of joint papers. From 1971-1973 he worked with Dr. Karlis Osis at the American Society for Psychical Research in New York. He received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Freiburg in 1972, and became a lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Iceland in psychology in 1973; in 1989 he became a full professor, and in 1999, an emeritus professor. His research and publications have covered a wide range of religious and psychological topics, including mediums, reincarnation, and deathbed phenomena” (online here). More details about his life appear in an autobiography published in Icelandic. The parapsychological content of this book will be published in English around March by White Crow Books.
One thing that I always admired about Erlendur was his interest in many areas of parapsychology. Few people in the field have shown such wide interests, particularly when it comes to research. I always felt that his contributions to the investigation of mediumship and deathbed visions were very important, and reminded us of the issue of spontaneous cases and survival of death.
This is evident in his bibliography, which includes such areas as ESP experiments, deathbed visions and apparitions, recollection of previous lives, mediumship, Sathya Sai Baba, and other topics. A few examples of publications appear below. ...
Although not someone being familiar with, I have found a decidedly appropriate artice, courtesy of the Oskaloosa Independent, Kansas, 6 March 1997:Erlendur Haraldsson was a professor emeritus of psychology on the faculty of social science at the University of Iceland.