THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
HAAKON GABRIEL FORWALD
Electrical engineer; inventor; winner (1959) William McDougall Award for Distinguished Work in Parapsychology. B. August 21, 1897, Mandal, Norway. Student, Technical College of Oslo, 1915-17; pilot, Norwegian Naval Air Force, 1918-23; B.A., 1925, Technische Hochschul, Danzig; technical studies, 1933-35, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; research fellow, 1957, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; research fellow, 1959, University of Pittsburgh. M. 1932, Birgit Steffenburg: 2 d., 1 s. Electrical engineer, Brown, Boveri Co., Oslo and Baden, Switzerland, 1918-30; Ateliers de Construction Oerlikon, Zurich, 1930-33; consulting engineering, Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget, Ludvika, Sweden, 1935 to present. Charter member, Parapsychological Assn. Mr. Forwald holds more than 350 patents covering some 100 inventions in use in Europe and the United States, chiefly in the circuit-breaker field. He is the author of numerous articles on electrificatiion in Swedish, German and Swiss technical publications.
Since 1950, Mr. Forwald has been engaged in experiements with psychokinesis in Sweden, research which took him to Duke and Pittsburgh universities on fellowship for placement tests conducted with cubes or dice. His investigations led to his development of a method for estimating the energy involved in the lateral displacement of dice by psychokinesis. He received the McDougall Award for his article (written with J. G. Pratt, q.v.) "Confirmation of the PK Placement Effect" (Journal of Parapsychology, Mar. 1958).
Among his other articles published by the Journal are "A Further Study of the PK Placement Effect" (1952); "An Approach to Instrumental Investigation of Psychokinesis" (1954); "Experiments with Alternating PK Placement and Control Tests" (1955); "A Study of Psychokinesis in Its Relation to Physical Conditions" (1955); "An Experimental Study Suggesting a Relationship between Psychokinesis and Nuclear Conditions of Matter" (1959). Residence: Grottvägen 31, Ludvika, Sweden.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications