Edward F. Kelly, is the latest recipient of the prestigious Myers Memorial Medal. The medal is awarded by the Society for Psychical Research on an occasional basis to those who have made significant contributions to the field. Professor Kelly is the ninth recipient of the award; the first, Prof Ian Stevenson MD, was the founder of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies.
Ed Kelly has been active in parapsychology for several decades and is being recognized for his sustained efforts in the exploration of the implications of psi phenomena and the ramifications of the mind-brain relationship, and, more broadly, his ongoing challenge to mainstream science for its reductionist physicalist approach to anomalous phenomena.
Professor Kelly was the chief editor of and a major contributor to the books Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century and Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality. In addition to these groundbreaking works he has researched and published in a variety of parapsychological areas. Irreducible Mind in particular builds on insights developed by Frederic Myers, making this award particularly appropriate.
The SPR’s Psi Encyclopedia contains an overview of Prof Kelly’s achievements in parapsychology.