Whos Who in Paranology

Whos Who in Paranology

A Lesson by Clif

There are many researchers and investigators in the history of the paranormal.


       These are a few of the top ghostologists and parapsychologists:


William Crooks; Was an English physicist, 1832-1919. He did important studies into the field of spiritualism.  William was head of the Society for Psychical Research and the Ghost Club in London, before and after the turn of the twentieth century.


William Danmar; Was a Danish-American author, 1853-1937. He wrote “Ghostology, The Naturalistic Philosophy of Ghosts” in 1924.


       Charles Richet; Was a French physiologist, 1850-1935. He studied the paranormal and spiritualism. Richet came up with the term ectoplasm. Richet believed in psychic phenomena, but not in spirits. 


        Harry Price;  Was an English parapsychologist,  1881-1948. He also did some very important research into spiritual phenomena. Harry debunked fake mediums in the early twentieth century.


Arthur Conan Doyle, was a British author, 1859-1930. He created Sherlock Holms. Arthur was a spiritualist and a member of the Society for Psychical Research and the Ghost Club, doing paranormal investigations and attending séances.

Oliver Lodge; was a English physicist, 1851-1940. He was a spiritualist, Specialized in electromagnetism. Oliver was a member of the Ghost Club. He believed Ether was   where ghosts existed.


William James; was an American philosopher, 1842-1910. He was a former president of The Society Psychical Research in London and was a member of The American Society for Psychical Research in New York. William James gave lectures on mysticism.        


       Edgar Cayce was an American clairvoyant, 1877 – 1945. He had visions in his sleep and wrote books about reincarnation and Atlantis. Cayce was a trance medium in the early 20th century. He was from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the same place where the Hopkinsville Goblin aliens appeared about ten years after his death.

Ian Stevenson was a psychiatrist from Canada, 1918 – 2007.

Working at the University of Virginia, He wrote a book about cases of reincarnation.


Ed and Lorraine Warren; Were American paranormal investigators from Connecticut. She was a clairvoyant and he was a demonologist. They investigated the Amityville haunting in New York in the 1970s.

       Dr. Barry Taff;  Formally of UCLA, investigated “The Entity” phenomena  in California, in 1974.

       Raymond Moody;  psychologist, from the University of Virginia. He is known for his work in near death experiences.


       Rosemary Ellen Guiley; was an author and  paranormal expert, 1950 – 2019.  She wrote over 60 books about unexplained phenomena and metaphysics, including subjects covering demons, angles, djinn, witchcraft, haunted places, life after death, UFOs,  Bigfoot and psychic phenomens. She may have been the leading paranologist of all time.

Ed Dames is a retired Army Major that worked in the military’s Stragate Project, experimenting with Remote Viewing to gather intelligence information. The Major went on to form PSI tech, an organization that utilizes technical remote viewing for gathering data utilizing psychic means. 

    There are a few mediums that have connections to TV shows and claimed they can talk to the dead;


    Mary Ann Winkowski of Ohio is the basis for the TV show Ghost Whisperer.


    James Van Praagh is a spiritual medium and clairvoyant and was a producer of the TV show Ghost Whisperer.

     Allison Dubois from Phoenix, AZ is a medium and was a consultant for the TV show Medium. Her book was the basis for the TV show.

Ingo Swann was a psychic 1933-2013, originally from Colorado, New York, Stanford. He was involved with Remote Viewing and the Stargate Project, Out of Body experiences, ufology, Psychokinesis, telepathy.    

            Some of the prominent ufologists are;


       Stanton Friedman; was a nuclear physicist that resided in Canada. He wrote many books about UFO’s and brought the Roswell incident to the publics attention.


       William Birnes; is a writer from Pennsylvania. He appeared on the TV show UFO Hunters, in 2008.


       Erich von Daniken; is a Swiss author of the book “Chariots Of The Gods” published in 1968. It is a ground breaking study of ancient aliens.


       Nick Pope; is a British Journalist and formerly worked for the British Ministry of Defense. He investigated the Rendlesham forest UFO incident, when he was in the British government.


       Whitley Strieber; Author from Texas. He wrote the book Communion in 1987, that was the basis for the movie by the same title, in 1989. He had been abducted by aliens in Upper State New York in 1985.


       Linda Moulton Howe; is a journalist from New Mexico, who has investigated cattle mutilations and government conspiracy theories.


       Donald Kehoe; was a former Marine Corp Major, pilot, author and a pioneer of ufology, in the 1950s.


       Albert Bender; was a ufologist. He was one of the first to be contacted by MIBs, Men in Black, in Connecticut in the 1950’s.


       J. Allen Hynek; was an astronomer, originally from Chicago. He served as a scientific consultant for the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, from 1952 to 1969. He was a skeptic about UFO’s. But after studying years of reports, he became a believer. He said “ some UFO reports represented genuine empirical evidence”. He was the founder of the Center for UFO Studies. And he originated the close encounters categories.


      Jacques Vallee; is a French astronomer and ufologist in San Francisco. He is a self-proclaimed heretic. Vallee promotes the multidimensional visitation hypothesis, that UFOs come from another dimension or are supernatural in origin.


       Kevin Randle is a ufologist, is a reporter and former Air Force officer

from Iowa. He has written many books about UFOs.



     Dr. Roger Leir  was the surgeon who recovered implants from abductees, at the Podiatry Clinic in Thousand Oaks, California, in 1995.


Dr. Steven Greer; is involved with government conspiracy theory and communications with extraterrestrials.   He presented the documentary, Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.




       A few of the hypnotists who participated in alien abduction incidents are;

Budd Hopkins was a ufologist from West Virginia. He did a lot of work with hypnotizing alien abduction victims. 


       Dr. Benjamin Simon, of the Quincy Center in Boston. He was the hypnotists for Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction in 1963.


       Tony Constantino; Was the hypnotist who uncovered the information for the Allagash 4 alien abduction in Maine in 1976.


Dr. David Jacobs; of Temple University in Philadelphia, uses hypnosis to research alien abduction experiences.


       Other people who contributed their experiences to the science of ufology;


       Kenneth Arnold; was an airplane pilot who sighted flying objects in Washington State, in 1947. From his observation, the term “flying saucer” was coined.


       Marjorie Fish;  was a school teacher and amateur astronomer from Ohio.

She matched the star map drawn by Betty Hill to the Zeta Reticuli star system.


       Major Jesse Marcel; U.S. Air Force, collected debris from the Roswell crash site in 1947. He said the materials he found were not from this earth. And his son,  Jesse Marcel Jr.,  also witnessed the debris and told the story about Roswell.


       Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt; U.S. Air Force, was the senior officer witness to the hovering craft in Rendlesham Forest, England, in 1980.


     Japanese Airline Pilot, Captain Kenju Terauchi, who reported a UFO over Alaska in 1986.


       Captain Thomas Mantell was killed when his Mustang crashed, after pursuing a UFO in the skies over Kentucky in 1948.

Captain Edward Ruppelt; U.S. Air Force, was head of Project Blue Book. He investigated the Kentucky UFO incident where the fighter plane crashed.


  Colin Andrews is a British Researcher of crop circles. He coined the term back in the 1980s.

Debbie Solaris; is an alien contactee and galactic historian. She has a lot of good information online about different alien species.

       These are some of the leading cryptozoologists and Bigfooters;


       Dr. Jeff Meldrum; is a Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University. He specializes in bipedal locomotion. He probably has the most extensive collection of  Bigfoot footprint castings in the world.


       Dr. Grover Krantz; was an anthropologist, at Washington State University.

He was one of the first scientist to make the connection between Sasquatch  and Gigantopithecus, an extinct giant ape that lived in Asia about 100,000 years ago.


       Roger Patterson;  took the video of a female Sasquatch in Bluff Creek, California in 1967.


       Loren Colman;  is a cryptozoologist and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.


       Tom Slick; was a rich business man from Texas. He led several  expeditions to the Himalayas in search of the Yeti back in the 1950’s.


       Dr. Melba Ketchum; of  Texas A & M , completed a long term DNA analysis of Bigfoot samples. She has found  nuclear DNA belonging to an unknown hominid.


       Kathy Strain is an archaeologist,  author and does anthropology work in the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, California.


       Dr. W. Henner Fahrenbach; Did work in statistical analyses in Oregon. He plotted the graph of Bigfoot footprints from around the country.  


       Adrian Shine is a Naturalist and Marine Biologist in Scotland.

He heads the Loch Ness Project research of the Loch Ness Monster.


        Mike Rugg is the curator of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, California. He is in possession of a Bigfoot tooth sense 2008. He has been trying to find a scientist to test the tooth's DNA.


        Paul and Robert Bartholomew are Bigfoot researchers in Whitehall, New York. They co-authored a book about a monster living in Up State New York.


        Police Officer Dan Gordon had an encounter with a Bigfoot in 1982, in White Hall, New York.
In 1977, also near White Hall,  officer Delano Berude’s police car was damaged by a Sasquatch.


         Ron Morehead; recorded the Sierra sounds of Sasquatch, in California back in the 1970s.

       Adrian Shine is a naturalist and marine biologist in Scotland. He heads the Loch Ness Project, leading the research into the Loch Ness Monster.




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A ghostologist is someone who studies and researches hauntings and ghosts. A ghost hunter is a person that does field investigations of spiritual paranormal activity. They work in paranormal organizations. Some of them are both ghostologists and ghost hunters in the same person. Also in this course I have a lesson called Phenomena Classifications. In there I define ghostologists and ghost hunters.

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What do Ghostologists do basically? I am not familiar with this specialisation. can you briefly put a note on it. i am first hearing this word.
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