THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
GEORGE R(OBERT) PRICE
Writer. B. October 16, 1922, Scarsdale, New York. Harvard University, 1940-41; B.S., 1943, Ph.D. (chemistry), 1946, University of Chicago. M. 1947, Julia Edith Madigan (divorced, 1955): 2 d. Chemical research, Manhattan Project, University of Chicago, 1944-46; instructor in chemistry, Harvard, consultant, Argonne National Laboratory, 1946-48; member technical staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1948-50; research associate in medicine, University of Minnesota, 1950-57; writer, 1957 to present. Fellow, American Assn. for the Advancement of Science; member Sigma Xi, Assn. for Computing Machinery.
In August, 1955, Science magazine (Journal of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science) published an article by Dr. Price in which he held that the finding of parapsychologists "are dependent on clerical and statistical errors and unintentional use of sensory clues, and that all extra-chance results not so explicable are dependent on deliberate fraud or mildly abnormal mental conditions."
In his article, excerpts from which were widely reprinted by newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad, Dr. Price suggested several fraudulent methods which he said could be used to duplicate results achieved in such experiments as those of Dr. J. B. Rhine and Dr. S. G. Soal (qq.v.). Consequently, Dr. Price held, results reported by Rhine, Soal and other parapsychological researchers should not be accepted as proof of the operation of ESP. He proposed what he called "new, fraud-proof" tests which, if successful, would demonstrate the working of psi to "the most hostile, pigheaded and skeptical critics." Replies by Drs. Rhine and Soal to Dr. Price's criticism were published in the Sept. - Oct. 1955 issue of the Newsletter of the Parapsychology Foundation, along with a further statement by Dr. Price.
Dr. Price is a contributor to technical journals in the fields of chemistry and biology, and is author of articles in the magazines Fortune and Life. His articles on parapsychology, both published in Science, are "Science and the Supernatural" (August 26, 1955) and "Where is the Definitive Experiment?" (Jan. 6, 1956). Residence and business address: 88 Bedford Street, New York 14, N.Y.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications