(1875–1947)
Physicist and president of the Society for Psychical Research
of London from 1937 to 1938. Strutt was born on August
28, 1875, at Witham, Essex, England, the son of John William
Strutt. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity
College, Cambridge, England (B.A. 1897, M.A. 1901), and like
his notable father majored in physics. He was variously a fellow
of Trinity College (1900–1906), professor of physics at the Imperial
College of Science and Technology, Kensington
(1908–19), and president of the Royal Institution of Great Britain
(1945–47). Financially independent, he was able to create
a private laboratory at which he conducted research for much
of his life. He published one of the first volumes on radioactivity.
Also like his father, Strutt had an intense interest in psychic
research, which gave the subject some standing with fellow scientists.
He died December 13, 1947.
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Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Strutt, Robert John. ‘‘A Method of Silhouette Photography
by Infra-Red Rays for Use in Mediumistic Investigation.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research 41, 128 (1932).
———. ‘‘The Problem of Physical Phenomena in Connection
with Psychical Research.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical
Research 44, 152 (1938).
———. ‘‘The Question of Lights Supposed to Have Been
Observed near the Poles of a Magnet.’’ Proceedings of the Society
for Psychical Research 44, 153 (1938–39).
———. ‘‘Some Recollections of Henry Sidgwick.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research 44, 156 (1936–39).

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