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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY

ERIC J(OHN) DINGWALL

Anthropologist, author. B. Ceylon. Educ. Pembroke College, Cambridge; University of London (M.A., D.Sc. Ph.D). Honorary assistant keeper of printed books, British Musuem: formerly on staff of Cambridge University Libary. Honorary vide-president, the Magic Circle; founder member of its Occult Committee.

Dr. Dingwall's position in parapsychology is unique. Not only is his knowlegde of its history adn literature unparalled, he is also one of the most experienced psychical investigators living today. In 1921, he became the director of the department of psychical phenomena for the American Society for Psychical Research. From 1922 to 1927, he was research officer of the Society for Psychical Research, London, on whose behalf he carried out numerous investigations and experiments. These included tests with the French "physical" medium Eva C. and the famous Austrian brothers, Rudi and Willi Schneider (qq.v.).

In 1923, Dr. Dingwall attended the second International Conference for Psychical Research at Warsaw, and took a leading part in experiments there with the Polish sensitive Stephan Ossowiecki. In 1925, he visited Boston to attend a series of sittings with the American medium "Margery" (q.v.). Dingwall did not reach a definite conclusion at the time as to the genuineness of her "physical" phenomena, which was later seriously questioned, but described her mediumship as "the most remarkable hitherto recorded." In 1936, he toured the West Indies to study the social and religious conditions with reference to abnormal mental phenomena.

Dr. Dingwall is author of several books on anthropological and sociological subjects, included Studies in the Sexual Life of Ancient and Medieval Peoples (1925); The Girdle of Chastity (1931); Racial Pride and Prejudice (1946); and The American Woman (1956). In the field of psychic research his books are Revelations of a Spirit Medium (with Harry Price, q.v.; 1922); Ghosts and Spirits in the Ancient World (1930); Some Human Oddities (1947); Very Peculiar People (1950); The Unknown: Is It Nearer? (with J. Langdon-Davies; 1956); The Haunting of Borley Rectory (with K. M. Goldney and T.H. Hall, qq.v.; 1956); Four Modern Ghosts (with T. H. Hall; 1958).

His contributions to the SPR Proceedings include "Telekinetic and Telepathi Mediumship" (Vol. 34, Part 92, 1924); "A Report on a Series of Sittings with Mr. Willi Schneider" (Vol. 36, Part 97, 1926); "A Report on a Series of Sittings with the Medium Margery" (Vol.36, Part 98, 1927). Residence: Pine Hill, Crowhurst, Battle, Sussex, England.


Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications


 
 

 

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