THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
Parapsychologist. B. December 26, 1917, Riga, Latvia. Ph.D. (psychology), 1950, University of Munich. M. 1951, Klara Zale: l d., l s. Research associate, Parapsychology Laboratory, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1951-57; director of research, Parapsychology Foundation, New York, N.Y., 1957-62; appointed director of research, American Society for Psychical Research, 1962. Council member, Parapsychological Assn. (president, 1961-62); member, American Psychological Assn.
Dr. Osis has specialized in the investigation of extrasensorty perception, mediumship and spontaneous cases of psi phenomena and has written extensively in the field since receiving his doctorate in 1950 with a thesis entitled "A Hypothesis of Extrasensory Perception". As a research associate at the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory for six years, he explored such areas as the relationship between ESP and psychokinesis; distance and its effect or lack of it on ESP; precognition; and the occurrence of the psi effect between men and animals. In 1958, when supposed poltergeist phenomena in a house at Seaforth, N.Y., attracted worldwide press attention, Dr. Osis made an intensive study of the case. His report, in which he concluded that a paranormal explanation of the occurences was not borne out by the evidence, was published in the Newsletter of the Parapsychology Foundation (Mar. - Apr., 1958).
Dr. Osis is the author of the monography Deathbed Observations by Physicians and Nurses (Parapsychology Foundation, 1961). His papers in the Journal of Parapsychology include "A Test of the Occurence of Psi Effect Between Man and Cat" (Vol. 16, No. 4, 1952); "A Test of ESP in Cats" (in collaboration with Esther Bond Foster, q.v.; Vol. 17, No, 3, 1953); "Precognition Over Time Intervals of One to Thirty Days" (Vol. 19, No. 2, 1955); "ESP Test at Long and Short Distances" (Vol. 20, No. 2, 1956); "ESP Over a Distance of 7,500 Miles" (with D. C. Pienaar, q.v.; Vol. 20, No. 4, 1956). Residence: 10 Douglas Road, Glen Ridge, New Jersey; business address: American Society for Psychical Research, 880 Fifth Avenue, New York 21, N.Y.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications