"Edwin C. May spent the first part of his research career in his chosen Ph.D.-degreed discipline, Low Energy, Experimental Nuclear Physics, which he earned in 1968 at the University of Pittsburgh. Before leaving that career he had published 16 papers in the peer- reviewed physics literature including his report of the first measurement of the singlet state of the deuteron which appeared in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.
"He became interested in serious rese arch of parapsychological phenomena in 1975 when he joined the on-going U.S. Government-sponsored work at SRI International (formerly called Stanford Research Institute). In 1985, he became that program’s director, but in 1991, he shifted the effort to Science Applications International Corporation, another US Defense Contractor. His association with government -sponsored parapsychology research ended in 1995, when the program, then called STAR GATE, was closed by the US Government.
"When the research was finally declassified in 1989, Dr. May was able to publish ground-breaking results and theories in the peer-reviewed literatu re—the latest of which appeared in an abstracted medical journal...
"Dr. May’s approach has earned him an intern ational reputation for his research rigor and excellence even though the topic is considered controversial. He recently was honored to give a public talk about intelligence collection at the World War II famous site, Bletchley Park, in the UK. His technical presentations mostly to skeptical audiences, have been accepted worl dwide where the venues include, Harvard University, the Universities of California at Los Angeles and at Davis, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, Trinity College—Cambridge, Eötvös Loránd University, the University of Stockholm, and Imperial College London to name but a few.
"Dr. May has managed complex, interdisciplinary research projects for the US federal government since 1985. He presided over 70% of the funding ($20M+) and 85% of the data collection for the government’s 22-year involvement in parapsychological research. His respons ibilities included fund raising, personnel management, project administration and planning, and he was the gui ding force for and active in the technical research program. Currently, Dr. May is the Executive Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, which now resides within the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Since its founding in 1996, 13 of 17 research proposals to private foundations have been supported. He accumulated over 12 years experience in experimental nuclear physics research, which included the study of nuclear reaction mechanism and nuclear structure. Dr. May’s accelerator experience includes a variety of tandem Van de Graaff generators and cyclot rons operating under 50 million electron volts. Other specialized experience includes four years of Y-ray spectroscopy, one year of trace-element analysis (x-ray, and α -particle techniques), numerical analysis, Monte Carlo techniques, digital signal processing, and cardiac blood flow research. In addition, he has conducted physiology research through the car eful investigation of the efficacy of biofeedback in a clinical setting...
"The Parapsychological Association, an affiliate member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, granted him the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996 for his contribution and research excellence and the Association presented him the Outstanding Career Achievement award in 2007. He was President of The Parapsychological Association in 1997 and has served often on its Board of Directors." 
Resources and articles
- Laboratories for Fundamental Research Edwin May, organizational web page, accessed July 28, 2013.