Advisory Board


Seymour Mauskopf, Ph.D.

Miscellaneous Information

Dr. Sy Mauskopf has been a Professor of History at Duke University since 1964. His specialty is the history of science. He has a B.A. in history from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in the history of science from Princeton University. He has written the following books: Crystals and Compounds (1976); The Reception of Unconventional Science (ed., 1979); The Elusive Science (with Michael McVaugh, 1980); Chemical Sciences in the Modern World (ed., 1993). He was awarded the Edelstein International Fellowship in the History of Chemical Sciences and Technology from the University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1988-1989, and The Dexter Award for Outstanding Contributions to the History of Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1998. He was named a Price Fellow by the Chemical Heritage Foundation in 2000 and was the recipient of NSF fellowships and a Hagley Fellowship in 1992. Dr. Mauskopf was the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (Duke) in 2006.

"Parapsychology is potentially a very important branch of scientific research. Arising out of a complex tradition of spiritualist interests and attempts to gain scientific mastery over what are currently termed "paranormal phenomena," parapsychology received its most significant establishment at Duke University in the early 1930s under the leadership of Dr. J. B. Rhine. Rhine focused on developing the scientific methodology that would experimentally validate and legitimate the existence and study of these phenomena. Rhine's work inspired several generations of researchers and continues to inspire those who feel that parapsychology should be included within the bounds of science.

The legacy of J. B. Rhine's vision and work serves as the inspiration for the Rhine Research Center. As one of the few venues for the serious study of paranormal phenomena, it is a very valuable center indeed! I give it my whole-hearted and enthusiastic endorsement." --Seymour H. Mauskopf, Ph.D.