Nickell, Joe

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Nickell, Joe Gender: M
Joe Herman Nickell
born on 1 December 1944 at 23:30 (= 11:30 PM )
Place Lexington, Kentucky, 38n03, 84w30
Timezone CWT h5w (is war time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Viktor
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°53' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 07°27 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 00°46'

Joe Nickell
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American skeptic and investigator of the paranormal. Nickell is senior research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and writes regularly for their journal the Skeptical Inquirer. He is also an associate dean of the Center for Inquiry Institute. He is the author or editor of over 30 books.

Among his career highlights, Nickell helped expose the James Maybrick "Jack the Ripper Diary" as a hoax. In 2002, Nickell was one of a number of experts asked by scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to evaluate the authenticity of the manuscript of Hannah Crafts' The Bondwoman's Narrative (1853–1860), possibly the first novel by an African-American woman.

At the request of document dealer and historian Seth Keller, Nickell analysed documentation in the dispute over the authorship of "The Night Before Christmas", ultimately supporting the Clement Clarke Moore claim.

In October 2011 asteroid 31451 (1999 CE10) was named JoeNickell in his honor by its discoverer James E. McGaha.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Viktor E.


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Magic
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Other Occult Fields (Skeptic and investigator)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award