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Imich, Dr. Alexander: Chemist, Parapsychologist (Poland Feb. 4, 1903 -- )
Institution / Country:Poland / USA

If the mindset of Dr. Alexander Imich is any indication, embracing death may be one of the keys to longevity in this realm of existence. Imich, who celebrated his 107th birthday on February 4, 2010, says that living a long life has never been one of his goals and that he has no fear of death. “I am very interested in finding out how things are on the ‘other side,’” he says. “My goal in life has always been illumination.”

A native of Poland, Imich received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Krakow. He came to the United States with his wife Vela shortly after World War II, initially living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After Vela transitioned in 1986, Imich moved to New York City, where he still lives.

Much of Imich’s life has been devoted to investigating the paranormal and attempting to convince mainstream science that there is more to reality than meets the eye. “According to major religions, man has body and soul,” Imich said. “Mainstream science cannot accept this division. However, parapsychology has already offered evidence that death is only a transition to another reality.”

Imich’s interest in psychical research and parapsychology began during the 1920s. In his 1995 book, Incredible Tales of the Paranormal, he relates some of the best evidence, including his own investigation of the Polish medium referred to as Matylda S. He tells of rings vanishing from the fingers of one person and turning up on another, spirits materializing out of nowhere, large objects (apports) appearing in front of him in thin air. “I will never forget the kiss of a phantom,” he offered. “An invisible face, whose breath I could distinctly hear and feel on my face, kissed mine. It was a strong and pleasant sensation.”

As a scientist, Imich approached his investigations with proper skepticism, but came away from his many sittings with Matylda convinced that there was no fraud or chicanery involved. Over the past 80 years, he has observed much more in the way of psychic phenomena. In recent years he has studied the physical mediums Joseph Nuzum and Dr. Safwat El Amin. He observed Nuzum levitate and move through the air in his (Imich’s) hotel room, and has observed many apports with El Amin, including one in which thousands of dollars in cash appeared in a big box near Imich’s laser printer but then disappeared within a few seconds. He also witnessed spirit photography in which his deceased wife appeared next to him in a photograph.

But Imich says that “communications from and appearances of deceased people” have been the major phenomena leading to his conviction that consciousness survives death.

Imich is frustrated at the reluctance of mainstream science to accept the evidence for the afterlife. As he sees it, the religious superstitions of the medieval age continue to influence the scientific community while there is little funding for research. “Parapsychology is almost at a standstill,” he says. “To end this unfortunate situation a public demonstration a la Pasteur with famous Nobel prize-winning scientists and a full participation of the media has to be organized. The verdict of such an illustrious jury, plus the voice of the public will open purses of governments. Research in parapsychology will speed up intellectual and spiritual progress of humankind.”

Meanwhile, Imich plans to remain active with his own research.

Text and photo of Dr. Imich courtesy of Michael Tymn, author of The Articulate Dead where Michael examines several of the best mediums of yesteryear and the scientific research surrounding them.