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Balfour, Arthur James (Scotland, July 25, 1848 – Surrey, March 19, 1930): Prime Minister of England -- England
Prime Minister of England from 1902 to 1905, Arthur James Balfour became interested in psychical research while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a pupil of Professor Henry ...
Barbanell, Maurice (d 1981) -- The Spiritual Truth Foundation - England
From the Spiritual Truth Foundation: Maurice Barbanell was the founder and editor of a weekly Spiritualist newspaper, Psychic News, and for half a century devoted his life to spreading spiritual ...
Barrett Browning, Elizabeth (County Durham, England, March 6, 1806 - June 28, 1861): Victorian Poet -- England
Considered one of the foremost poets of the Victorian era, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most devoted admirers of the medium Daniel Dunglas Home. In a letter dated July 23, 1855 to her ...
Barrett, Sir William F. (Jamaica, West Indies, February 10, 1844 – May 26, 1925) -- Ireland
While three Cambridge scholars – Henry Sidgwick, Frederic W. H. Myers, and Edmund Gurney – are usually credited with founding the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) in 1882, it was Professor ...
Becker, Reverend Florence S. (Reno NV, Feb 16 1892 - San Francisco, 1970) - Physical Medium and Minister -- Golden Gate Spiritualist Church, San Francisco - USA
The Exceptional Mediumship of Reverend Florence Harwood Becker By Reverend Del Lauderback, Pastor, Golden Gate Spiritualist Church Copyright 2006 Florence Marie Harwood was born in Reno, Nevada on ...
Bond, Frederick Bligh (1864-1945) -- England
An architect, archaeologist, and psychical researcher, Frederick Bligh Bond is most remembered for his excavations of Glastonbury Abbey in southern England, purportedly with the help of long-dead ...
Brown, Rosemary (London, July 27, 1916 - November 16, 2001): Music Medium -- England
Considerable evidence for survival has come to us in the way of music. Probably the best known case of musical overshadowing is that of Rosemary Brown, a widowed London housewife who, beginning in ...
Cayce, Edgar (Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA 1877 - Virginia Beach, VA, USA 1945) -- Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment - USA
From Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment: Edgar Cayce: Twentieth Century Psychic and Medical Clairvoyant Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the "sleeping prophet," the ...
Charles Beaconsfield Siddle (1924 - 2000) -- The Charles Siddle Foundation for Animal Healing - England
Charles Siddle passed over on 26 December 2000. His life was devoted to the welfare and healing of animals, to him every animal was special. He used his exceptional gift of healing selflessly, caring ...
Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur (Edinburgh, Scotland 22 May 1859 – Crowborough, East Sussex 7 July 1930) -- England
From First Spiritual Temple: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most substantive book on Spiritualism is the two-volume set, The History of Spiritualism. This is an absolute must-read for all students of ...
Corbett, Jack: Trance Medium, Spiritual Healer & Teacher (Leicester UK Nov 11, 1910 - July 21, 1991) -- England
International Spiritual Medium and Healer Jack Corbett, was born in Leicester, England on the 11th of November 1910. For over 20 years, Jack had his own spiritual centre ‘The Golden Circle Spiritual ...
Crookes, Sir William (June 17, 1832 - April 4, 1919): A Victorian Man of Science -- England
The Dictionary of National Biography refers to Sir William Crookes (June 17, 1832 to April 4, 1919) as a “Victorian Man of Science” and tells of his many contributions to physics and chemistry. ...
Cummins, Geraldine (1890 – 1968): Irish Automatic Writing Medium -- Ireland
Geraldine Cummins of Dublin, Ireland, may have been the most accomplished automatist of the 20th Century. Between 1928 and 1950, she produced six books known collectively as the The Scripts of ...
Curran, Pearl (1883 – 1937): The Medium Behind Patience Worth -- USA
Between 1913 and 1937, an author giving her name as Patience Worth produced approximately four million words, including seven books, some short stories, several plays, thousands of poems, and ...
Davis, Andrew Jackson (Blooming Grove NY, August 11, 1826 - Boston, January 13, 1910) -- USA
From andrewjacksondavis.com: Andrew Jackson Davis, Seer and Clairvoyant of the 19th Century, was able to enter into a higher sphere of consciousness and obtain higher spiritual and physical ...
Dexter, George T., M.D. (19th century): Pioneering Physical Medium -- USA
Like many other educated people, Dr. George T. Dexter, a New York physician, resisted the phenomena of Spiritualism which had begun with the so-called “Rochester Knockings” in 1848. “I was positively ...
Dowding, Air Chief Marshal Lord Hugh (Scotland, Apr 24, 1882 - Feb 15,1970): Cmdr Royal Air Force Sq -- England
Considered the man most responsible for Great Britain’s victory in the 1940 Battle of Britain during World War II, Air Chief Marshal Lord Hugh Dowding, Commander of the Royal Air Force Fighter ...
Duncan, Helen (November 25, 1897 Callander, Scotland - December 6, 1956) -- England
From the official pardon site for Helen Duncan: Mrs. Duncan was a Spiritualist Materialisation Medium through whose ample body, milky ectoplasm flowed and formed into complete human figures, which ...
Edmonds, Judge John W. (1816-74): "A Lawyer of Great Sagacity" -- USA
Before serving on the New York State Supreme Court and then on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, John Edmonds (1816-74) served in both houses of the New York legislature, including as ...
Edwards, Harry (London May 29, 1893 - Dec 7, 1976) -- Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary - Shere, Surrey England
The greatest healer of modern times! From: A Tribute to Harry Edwards by Stephen O'Brien: "A compassionate man who felt inspired to serve all those who were sick and suffering, he followed the ...
Findlay, Arthur (1883 - July 1964) -- Arthur Findlay College - Stansted, Essex, England
From the Arthur Findlay College: Stansted Hall, built in 1871, was bequeathed to the Spiritualists' National Union under the will of J. Arthur Findlay, MBE, JP, a former Honorary President of the ...
Flammarion, Camille (February 26, 1842 - June 3, 1925): Renowned Astronomer -- France
Founder and director of the Juvisy Observatory in France, Camille Flammarion is remembered in astronomy for his balloon ascents and for his study of the upper atmosphere, double and multiple stars, ...
Fleming, Alice MacDonald (Kipling): “Mrs. Holland” (1868 - 1948) -- England and India
The sister of author Rudyard Kipling, Alice Fleming adopted the pseudonym “Mrs. Holland” because members of her family were opposed to her involvement in occult matters. She was one of the seven ...
Flint, Leslie (British Direct Voice Medium - ca. 1911-1994) -- The Leslie Flint Educational Trust Ltd. - England
Excerpt from the website of The Leslie Flint Educational Trust Ltd.: "I am a medium, I have a rare gift known as the independent direct voice. I do not speak in trance, I need no trumpets or other ...
Flint, Peggy: Trance Medium & Founder (Herts, 17th December 1886 - Harrogate, 12th March 1979) -- Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church -- England
Miss Peggy Flint Deep Trance Medium and Founder ofThe Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church Born on 17th December 1886. Passed over to Higher Life 12th March 1979, aged 92 years. Alice Rosana Flint was ...
Garland, Hamlin (1860 – 1940): Psychical Researcher -- USA
The author of 52 books and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Hamlin Garland was intimately involved with major literary, social, and artistic movements in American culture. He was awarded honorary doctorate ...
Garrett, Eileen J. (Beauparc, Meath, Ireland March 17, 1893 - Nice, France, September 15 1970) -- The Parapsychology Foundation - New York City, USA
Mrs. Garrett is one of the most active of contemporary mediums. A natural sensitive in her early youth, she developed her psychic capacities at first under the direction of James Hewat McKenzie at ...
Geley, Gustave, M.D. (1868 - July 15, 1924): Physician and Psychical Researcher -- France
A professor of medicine at the University of Lyons and a Laureate of the French Medical Faculty, Dr. Gustave Geley gave up his medical practice and teaching position in 1918 to become director of the ...
Goligher, Kathleen (Belfast, Ireland, 1898 - ?): Irish Physical Medium -- Ireland
As a teenager, Kathleen Goligher, a Belfast, Ireland resident, was made famous by Dr. William Crawford of Queen’s University of Belfast, who conducted many tests with her. Crawford, who taught ...
Gröning, Bruno (Danzig, May 30, 1906 — Paris, January 26, 1959) -- Germany
From the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends: In 1949 the name Bruno Groening became a household word in Germany overnight. Reports about him appeared in the press, in newsreels and on the radio. Events ...
Gurney, Edmund (March 23, 1847 - June 23, 1888): Psychical Researcher -- England
A Cambridge scholar, Edmund Gurney was one of the founders, along with Professors William Barrett and Henry Sidgwick and fellow Cambridge scholar Frederic W. H. Myers, of the Society for Psychical ...
Hardinge Britten, Emma (London 1823 - Manchester 1899) -- England and USA
From: Perry Rabbitts's emmahardinge.net: Emma Hardinge was one of the most powerfully gifted speakers of spiritual philosophy. In 1865, she visited England and gave seven weekly addresses in ...
Hare, Professor Robert (Philadelphia, January 17, 1781 - May 15, 1858) -- USA
The author of more than 150 papers on scientific subjects, Dr. Robert Hare (January 17, 1781 to May 15, 1858), the son of an English emigrant, was a world-renowned inventor and an esteemed professor ...
Higginson, Gordon (Nov 17, 1918 Longton, Staffordshire - Jan 18, 1993 Longton, Staffordshire) -- England
From The Gordon Higginson Fellowship: Gordon M Higginson was born on 17th November 1918 and started sitting in his mother’s development circle at the age of three. For as far back as he could ...
Hodgson, Dr. Richard (Melbourne, Australia, September 24, 1855 - Boston, 1905) -- Australia
Richard Hodgson is believed to have been the first full-time, paid psychical researcher. During some 20 years of research, Hodgson moved from sceptic and debunker to a believer in psychic phenomena ...
Home, Daniel Dunglas (Edinburgh, Scotland, March 20, 1833 - June 21, 1886): Physical Medium -- Scotland and USA
Considered by many to be the greatest physical medium ever, Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced Hoom in Scotland, Hume in England) was born near Edinburgh, Scotland but moved to the United States at age ...
Hugo, Victor (Feb. 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885): French Author, Poet, Statesman -- France
A year or so before Allan Kardec began his investigation of mediums in France, Victor Hugo, the renowned French author, was introduced to table tapping. Shortly after arriving, as a political exile, ...
Hyslop, James Hervey, Ph.D., LL.D (Xenia, Ohio, August 18, 1854 - June 17, 1920) -- USA
Dr. James Hervey Hyslop (August 18, 1854 to June 17, 1920) was a professor of logic and ethics at Columbia University before becoming a full-time psychical researcher in 1902. In 1904, he organized ...
Imich, Dr. Alexander: Chemist, Parapsychologist (Poland Feb. 4, 1903 -- ) -- Poland / USA
If the mindset of Dr. Alexander Imich is any indication, embracing death may be one of the keys to longevity in this realm of existence. Imich, who celebrated his 107th birthday on February 4, 2010, ...
James, Professor William M.D. (New York City Jan 11, 1842 - Chocorua, New Hampshire Aug. 26, 1910): Distinguished Philosopher and Psychologist -- USA
A Harvard University professor for some 35 years, William James, M.D. distinguished himself as a pioneering psychologist and pragmatic philosopher. He is also credited with founding the American ...
John of God ("Joao de Deus", Joao Teixeria da Faria) -- Brazil - Abadiana (central Brazil)
Joao de Deus known by all as “John of God” has probably become the world’s most documented and respected Spiritual Healer and Psychic Surgeon, he works his miraculous cures in the full glare of ...
Jung, Carl Gustav (26 July 1875, Kesswil - 6 June 1961 Zurich) -- Switzerland - C. G. Jung Institute Zurich
Not a Spiritualist per se, but a pillar of modern psychology's better understanding of the soul. From Wikipedia: Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder ...
Kardec, Allan (Hippolyte Léon Dénizarth Rivail; Lyons, France, October 3, 1804 - March 31, 1869) -- France
Allan Kardec, the nom de plume of Hippolyte Léon Dénizarth Rivail (October 3, 1804 to March 31, 1869) was a French educator and philosopher who became a psychical researcher. Unlike most psychical ...
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth, M.D. (1926-2004): Pioneer in Death & Dying Studies -- USA
In her book, On Life After Death, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a pioneer in the study of the near-death experience (NDE), states that her first account of an NDE came from “a certain Mrs. Schwartz.” ...
Lees, Robert James (Hinckley Leicestershire Aug 12 1849 - Leicester Jan 11 1931): Medium Healer Writer Journalist -- England
"Robert James Lees was a journalist, philanthropist, novelist and medium. In the latter role he anticipated that later researchers would treat his exploits with a degree of scepticism. It was ...
Leonard, Gladys Osborne (1882-1968): “England’s ‘White Crow’” -- England
Gladys Osborne Leonard is considered one of the greatest trance mediums in the annals of psychical research. While Leonora Piper was referred to by Professor William James as his “white crow” – the ...
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865): American President -- USA
Historians have not been able to agree as to President Lincoln’s religious beliefs. He has been characterized as everything from a God-fearing Christian to an atheistic humanist. It seems clear that ...
Lodge, Sir Oliver (Penkhull, Staffordshire, England, 12 June 1851 – Lake, Wiltshire, 22 August 1940): Esteemed Physicist & Psychical Researcher -- England
After joining the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) soon after its formation in 1882, Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (June 12, 1851 - August 22, 1940) investigated many cases of mediumship, including ...
Marryat, Florence (1833-1899): Eminent Victorian witness to the mediumship of Florence Cook -- England
In a web site dedicated to her works, Florence Marryat is described as a novelist, playwright, Spiritualist, singer and actress with more than 90 books to her credit. The book most remembered by ...
Moore, Vice-Admiral William Usborne (circa 1850 – 1918) -- England
Vice-Admiral William Usborne Moore (circa 1850 – 1918), was a retired British naval commander when he became a devoted psychical researcher in 1904. His books Glimpses of the Next State, published in ...
Moses, Reverend William Stainton (Lincolnshire, Nov 5, 1839 - Sept 5, 1892) : Researcher & Medium -- England
“With the even tenor of this straightforward and reputable life was inwoven a chain of mysteries which, in whatever way they may be explained, make that life one of the most extraordinary which our ...
Myers, Frederic W. H. (Keswick, Cumberland, Feb. 6, 1843 - Jan. 17, 1901): Pioneering Researcher -- England
One of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), Frederic William Henry Myers is sometimes referred to as the “father of psychical research.” His book, Human Personality and Its ...
Newbrough, John Ballou (Ohio June 5, 1828 - April 22, 1891) - USA -- Oahspe International Informal Fellowship
John Ballou Newbrough, born near Mohincanville, Ohio, on June 5, 1828, was an American seer and adept through whose hand the OAHSPE bible came into the world. Inspired amanuensis and founder of the ...
Piper, Leonora (Nashua, New Hampshire, June 27,1859 - July 3, 1950): Professor James’ “White Crow” -- USA
Probably the most celebrated and tested American medium ever, Leonora Piper was referred to by Professor William James of Harvard University as his “white crow,” the one who proved that all crows are ...
Pratt, Morris (1820 Madison Co., New York - 1902 Whitewater, Wisconsin USA) -- Morris Pratt Institute - Milwaukee, WI, USA
From the Morris Pratt Institute: In 1888, Morris Pratt bought property and constructed the most expensive home in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It contained two large auditorium halls, one of which seated ...
Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819 - January 22, 1901) -- England
It is recorded that two years before the birth of Spiritualism in the United States in 1848, Queen Victoria, who reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom from 1838 until her death in 1901, was already ...
Richet, Dr. Charles (August 25, 1850 - December 4, 1935): Nobel Prize Winner -- France
Winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Charles Richet (August 25, 1850 to December 4, 1935) was a physiologist, chemist, bacteriologist, pathologist, psychologist, aviation pioneer, poet, ...
Roberts, Estelle (May 10, 1889 - May 1970) -- England
From Stephen O'Brien: All those who properly understand and appreciate the gift of mediumship agree that Britain produced an outstanding all-round medium in the 20th-Century: Mrs Estelle Roberts. ...
Rulof, Jozef (Heerenberg Netherlands, February 20, 1898 - The Hague, November 3, 1952): Trance Medium, Healer, Spirit Writer and Painter -- The Society Spiritual-Science Foundation “The Age of Christ”, the Netherlands
In more than 11,000 pages of universal knowledge from the 27 books which were brought to earth through Jozef Rulof, you will be able to find a univeral answer to deep questions of life. Jozef Rulof ...
Shepard, Jesse F. (California, late 19th, early 20th Century): Trance Medium, Music Medium -- USA
A musical medium, Jesse F. Shepard, an American from California, performed on the piano in Great Britain, Australia, France, Russia, Germany, the United States, and other countries, often before ...
Stead, William Thomas (Embleton, Northumberland, July 5, 1849 - Titanic, 1912) -- England
Known to the general public primarily as a dedicated journalist, author, social reformer, and pacifist, William Thomas Stead was on his way to New York to give a speech on world peace at Carnegie ...
Stokes, Doris (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England January 6, 1920 - Lewisham London May 8, 1987) -- England
Famous British Spiritualist medium who helped to raise the profile of Spiritualism in the 1980s. Her books include: - A Host of Voices - More Voices in my Ear - Voices (Collection) _________
Swedenborg, Emanuel (Stockholm, Sweden, February 8, 1688 – London, March 29, 1772) -- Sweden
From the Swedenborg Society (established in 1810 in London to translate and publish the works of Emanuel Swedenborg): Two and a half centuries on, we can compare Swedenborg’s experiences (also ...
Tarkington, Booth (Indiana, USA, July 29, 1869 - May 19, 1946): Novelist and Dramatist -- USA
Whether or not Booth Tarkington, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author from Indiana (July 29, 1869 to May 19, 1946), was a “card-carrying” Spiritualist is not certain, but it is clear that he was ...
Wallace, Dr. Alfred Russel (Usk, Wales, Jan. 8, 1823 - Nov. 7, 1913): Evolutionist & Spiritualist -- England
A British naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russel Wallace (January 8, 1823 to November 7, 1913) is best known as co-originator with Charles Darwin of the natural selection theory of evolution. While ...
Whymant, A. Neville John, Ph.D. (September 4, 1894 - ?): Professor of Linguistics -- England
Although not a Spiritualist, Dr. Neville Whymant, a professor of linguistics at Oxford and London Universities and earlier at the Universities of Tokyo and Peking, was involved in one of the most ...
Williams, Sophia (Chicago, mid 20th Century): Direct voice medium -- USA
An amateur Chicago, Ill. direct voice medium, Sophia Williams was involved in the famous “Mystery of the Buried Crosses” case as reported by researcher Hamlin Garland in his 1939 book of that name. ...
Wriedt, Etta (1860 - ?): Direct Voice Medium -- USA
A resident of Detroit, Mich., Etta Wriedt was called by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the best direct-voice medium in the world. See bios of Vice-Admiral W. Usborne Moore and William Stead for more ...
Xavier, Chico (Pedro Leopoldo, Brazil, April 2, 1910 - Uberaba, Brazil, June 30, 2002) -- Brazil
Perhaps the most known medium in Brazil, Chico Xavier wrote (via psychography, see pic) numerous best-selling books including "2,000 Years Ago" and "Paul and Steven", as dictated by spirits such as ...
Yogananda - Mukunda Lal Ghosh (Jan 5, 1893, Gorakhpur, India - Mar 7, 1952, Los Angeles) -- Self-Realization Fellowship - USA / India
Celebrated Indian guru who introduced to the USA the teachings of Kriya Yoga. From the Self-Realization Fellowship: Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world's great religions, and ...