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William G. Roll
William G. Roll (born July 6, 1926) is a parapsychology professor currently teaching at Lund University in Sweden and author of four books: The Poltergeist (1972), Theory and Experiment in Psychical Research (1975), Psychic Connections (1995, co-author Lois Duncan), and Unleashed (2004, co-author Valerie Storey). He was born 1926 in Bremen, Germany where his father was Vice-consul.
William enrolled in Berkeley University in 1947 where he received his BA majoring in philosophy and psychology. A year after graduating he went on to Oxford where he did parapsychology research as president of the Oxford University Society for Psychical Research . It was there he published his thesis "Theory and Experiment in Psychical Research", which earned him his M. Litt. degree. He was also part of the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University from 1957-1964 and received a Ph.D. from Lund University in 1989 for a thesis entitled "This World or That: An Examination of Parapsychological Findings Suggestive of the Survival of Human Personality After Death". He began teaching in West Georgia in 1986, but moved to Lund in 1990 after he received his Ph.D. there. He has since been awarded the Parapsychological Award for a Distinguished Career in Parapsychology in 1996 and the Dinsdale Memorial Award in 2002.
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