Scientists & Researchers

Investigator associated with the Society for Psychical Research (1923-2010) who authored reports on poltergeist and haunting cases, some in collaboration with fellow parapsychologist Alan Gauld.

British scientist who carried out controversial experiments with Daniel Home and other mediums in the 1870s. His claim to have discovered a new ‘psychic force’ was  contested by other scientists, but his reports continue to be widely discussed.

Nobel prize-winning French physicist (1859-1906) who in the years before his untimely death in a traffic accident became enthusiastic about the phenomena he witnessed in the seance room. 

British author and psi investigator (1890-1986), noted for a robustly critical approach that often brought him into conflict with colleagues. 

In later life, the creator of Sherlock Holmes became an evangelist for spiritualism. 

 American philosopher who in 1961 published a major study of psi phenomena, endorsing their existence and arguing that they constitute evidence for postmortem survival. This article describes and critiques his ideas. 

Professor of philosophy at Rollins College, Orlando, Florida, who has carried out psi research, principally in the area of psychokinesis.

American lawyer, judge, and politician (1799-1874), remembered as one of the first serious investigators of séance mediums.

American psychoanalyst and paranormal investigator (1908-1998) known for his three-year study of  the ‘thoughtography’ practised by Ted Serios, and for his insightful theorising about the role of unconscious motivation in the manifestation of psi effects.

French psychologist with a particular interest in the clinical, historical and theoretical aspects of parapsychology.