Noel Cobb, 2003.
Credit: Robert Haraldsen

Noel Cobb (21 March 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA – 2 January 2015, England)

Philosopher, psychologist and author Noel Cobb lived and studied in Norway from 1959 to 1966 and made many friends there. Among them Axel Jensen, Jan Erik Vold and August Lange.

He has published numerous books of poetry and non-fiction.[1] He has worked with R. D. Laing, studied various forms of meditation, became a Jungian analyst, and founded a charitable trust, "The London Convivium for Archetypal Studies".[2] He is the author of "Prospero's Island: The Secret Alchemy at the Heart of The Tempest".[3]

In Oslo, he was integrated into a culture radically environment and took a degree in psychology. However, he was expelled from Norway because of his experimentation with marihuana — this despite he had become father of a child there.[4] After returning to England he worked as general manager at R. D. Laing experimental clinic for schizophrenics in London, where Axel Jensen also stayed one year. Later he studied Tibetan language, Buddhism, therapy and meditation in India and Nepal. In 1981 he opened a private practice as a psychotherapist in England. From 1987 he led "The London Convivium for Archetypal Studies". Noel started the yearbook "Sphinx: A Journal of Archetypal Psychology and the Arts", where he published many articles.[5]


  • 1984, Prospero's Island – the Secret Alchemy at the Heart of the Tempest, (Coventure, London)
  • 1992, Archetypal Imagination – Glimpses of the Gods in Life and Art, (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York)
  • 1994, Kunsten og Sjelen, (Aschehoug Forlag, Oslo, Norway) – Translation of A, I. Into Norwegian
  • 1997, Sofferanza e Belleza, (Milan, Moretti & Vitali) – Edited for Eva Loewe
  • 1998, Maestri di Anima, (Milan, Moretti & Vitali)


  1. ^ "ILI Faculty · Noel Cobb". Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Noel Cobb". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ From obituary by Petter Mejlænder
  5. ^ "Sphinx a Journal for Archetypal Psychology and the Arts Vols 1 7 Complete Run by Cobb Noel and Eva Loewe Edits". 5 January 1988. Retrieved 5 January 2015.