Andrija Puharich : biography
Andrija Puharich, MD - (born Karel Puharić, February 19, 1918 - January 3, 1995) was a medical and parapsychological researcher, medical inventor and author, who is perhaps best known as the person who brought Israeli Uri Geller and Dutch-born Peter Hurkos (1911-1988) to the United States for scientific investigation.
These are but a few of Puharich's patents:
While working in Mexico, Puharich married and later divorced the future Baltimore outsider art promoter Rebecca Alban Hoffberger.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of poor Yugoslav immigrants. His father had entered the U. S. in 1912 as a stowaway. At home Karel's parents always called him "Andrija," which apparently wasn't his name at birth but just his parents' nickname for him. When Karel, as a young boy, started attending school, his parents enrolled him under the name "Henry Karl Puharich," feeling he would be more easily accepted with that name than with the foreign-sounding name "Karel Puharić."http://www.uri-geller.com/books/maverick/maver2.htm - H. G. M. Hermans, Memories of a Maverick (Published by Pi, 3140 AA Maassluis, P. O. Box 11, The Netherlands), Chapter 2 ("Early Life and Adolescent") Thereafter he often signed his name as "Henry Karl Puharich." He didn't start using his nickname "Andrija" as his first name until sometime in the later part of his life.
In 1947, Puharich graduated from the Northwestern University School of Medicine. His residency was completed at Permanente Hospital in California, where he specialized in Internal Medicine. Puharich was a U.S. Army officer in the early 1950s. During that time, he was in and out of Edgewood Arsenal Research Laboratories and Camp Detrick, meeting with various high-ranking officers and officials, primarily from the Pentagon, CIA, and Naval Intelligence.A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA'S Secret Cold War Experiments by H.P.Albarelli Jr. - pg 53 First Edition 2009 (book) The Edgewood Arsenal is currently officially called the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Of his many books, Puharich wrote a supportive biography of Uri Geller, a paranormal case he investigated with the help of Itzhak Bentov, among others. Before that he investigated favorably the Brazilian psychic surgeon Zé Arigó. He met the Dutch psychic Peter Hurkos and brought him to the United States to participate in scientific experiments in parapsychology. He also investigated Mexican psychic surgeon Pachita. He encouraged a rational assessment of people with paranormal faculties and applied scientific methods to investigations of what were their startling and often unpredictable and elusive skills or abilities. One of his books is The Sacred Mushroom, Key to the Door of Eternity, in which he describes his work with psychics, and his own skepticism of them, in some detail.
Two of the most famous of Puharich's over 50 patents were devices that assist hearing - the "Means For Aiding Hearing" and "Method And Apparatus For Improving Neural Performance In Human Subjects By Electrotherapy" ". He was also granted a in 1983 for a "Method and Apparatus for Splitting Water Molecules." His research included studying the influence of extremely low frequency ELF electromagnetic wave emissions on the mind, and he invented several devices allegedly blocking or converting ELF waves to prevent harm.
Dr Andrija Puharich played himself on Perry Mason, in the episode The Case of the Meddling Medium, in 1961.
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