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Koneru Ramakrishna Rao

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Professor Koneru Ramakrishna Rao (Telugu: s`-a o` oy) is a philosopher, psychologist,
parapsychologist, educationist, teacher, researcher and administrator. Rao was born on October 4, 1932, in India.
He did his college and graduate work at Andhra University, Waltair, India (B.A. hons., philosophy 1953; M.A.
hons., psychology 1955; Ph.D., 1962). He was a lecturer in the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology at
Andhra University from 1953-58 under the tutelage of professors Saileswar Sen and Satchidananda Murthy. He
left in 1958 to come to the United States as a Fulbright scholar. His stay at the University of Chicago was extended
a year with a Rockefeller Fellowship with Richard McKeon at the University of Chicago and received Ph.D. and
D.Litt. degrees. He returned to India in 1960 as chief librarian at Andhra University (196061), but then moved to
North Carolina to work with J. B. Rhine at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University, North Carolina and
later headed his Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man as its Executive Director. He is currently serving as
Chancellor at GITAM University, Vishakaptnam,India.
He returned to Andhra University in the mid-1960s and in 1967 established the Department of Parapsychology, the
only such university department of its kind in the world. In the meantime he had become a charter member of the
Parapsychology Association and was elected as its secretary in 1963 and its president in 1965. (He was again
elected president in 1978). In 1977 he became the director of the Institute for Parapsychology, but again in 1984
went back to Andhra to become the university's vice-chancellor. The following year he established the Institute for
Yoga and Consciousness at Andhra and became its director. In 1987 he again became head of the Institute for
Parapsychology, where he has remained to the present. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Indian
Council of Philosophical Research for the Indian Government.
1 Awards
2 Main publications
2.1 Books (sole author)
2.2 Books (jointly authored or edited)
2.3 Journal articles
3 References
4 External links
Awards received by Rao include Padma Shri (Literature and Education category) from Indian Government in
2011, Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) degrees from Andhra and Kakatiya Universities, and a Doctor of
Science (Honoris Causa) degree from Acharya Nagarjuna University.
Main publications
Books (sole author)
K. Ramakrishna Rao. Consciousness studies: Cross-cultural perspectives. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.
ISBN 0-7864-1382-4
K. Ramakrishna Rao. The Basic Experiments in Parapsychology. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1984.
K. Ramakrishna Rao. Mystic Awareness. Mysore, India, 1972.
K. Ramakrishna Rao. Gandhi and Pragmatism. Calcutta & Oxford, N.p., 1968.
K. Ramakrishna Rao. Experimental Parapsychology. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1966.
K. Ramakrishna Rao. Psi Cognition. India: Tagore Publishing House, 1957.>
Books (jointly authored or edited)
K. Ramakrishna Rao, Anand C. Paranjpe, & Ajit K. Dalal (Eds.). Handbook of Indian psychology. New
Delhi, India: Cambridge University Press India/Foundation Books, 2008. ISBN 978-81-7596-602-4
K. Ramakrishna Rao. J. B. Rhine: On the Frontiers of Science. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1982. ISBN 0-
K. Ramakrishna Rao and K. S. Murty. Current Trends in Indian Thought. New Delhi, 1972.
K. Ramakrishna Rao and P. Sailaja. Experimental Studies of the Differential Effect in Life Setting. N.p.,
Journal articles
K. Ramakrishna Rao (2005). "Perception, cognition and consciousness in classical Hindu psychology."
Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12, 3-30. (abstract
K. Ramakrishna Rao (1961). "A Consideration of Some Theories in Parapsychology." Journal of
Parapsychology, 25, 32-54.
K. Ramakrishna Rao (1955). "Vedanta and the Modus Operandi of Paranormal Cognition." The
Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 5.
1. ^ Education Insight (16 August 2012). "Koneru Ramakrishna Rao: Chancellor of APs GITAM University"
gitam-university/). (accessed 3 December 2012)
2. ^ Brief Profile ( at Indian Council of Philosophical Research, accessed
30 Jan 2010.
External links
Rao's profile at Indian Council of Philosophical Research (
Rao's publication list at Indian Council of Philosophical Research
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