Lawrence Wile received a B.S. in physics from Union College (1971), an M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1976), a post-doctoral fellowship from Yale University School of Medicine (1979) and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts (1991). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His awards include an Air Force Commendation Medal and a first place prize in the John Templeton Foundation competition for his winning essay 'Reissner's Fiber and the Neurobiology of Mysticism'. His ideas about Reissner's fiber have appeared in the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research, and the Journal of Consciousness Studies. He is currently the President of the Chaikin-Wile Foundation, leading a multidisciplinary team at Boston University dedicated to the exploration of Reissner's fiber.