Brown, William (1881–1952)
British psychologist, psychiatrist, and psychic researcher.
Brown was born December 5, 1881, at Morpeth, England. He
studied at Collyer’s School in Horsham and at King’s College
Hospital, London (D.Sc., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.B.). He was consulting
psychologist and a reader in psychology at the University
of London as well as King’s College Hospital. He gave the
Terry lectures at Yale University in 1928; in 1936 he became
director of the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Oxford
University, where he remained until his retirement in 1945. In
1951–52 he was president of the British Psychological Society.
Brown’s interest in psychic research began early. He joined
the Society for Psychical Research and served on its board for
17 years (1923–40). While on the board, he wrote two letters to
the Times (London) (May 7 & 14, 1932) in which he spoke appreciatively
if guardedly of medium Rudi Schneider’s powers
and declared that they were worthy of the closest scientific investigation.
In a lecture delivered during the jubilee celebrations
of the Society of Psychical Research, London, he reviewed
the evidence collected and examined by the society and declared
that it was ‘‘sufficient to make survival scientifically extremely
probable.’’
He died in Oxford, England, on May 17, 1952.
Sources
Brown, William. Mind and Personality. College Park, Md.
McGrath, 1927.
———. Mind, Medicine, and Metaphysics; The Philosohy of a
Physician. London Oxford University Press, 1936.
———. Psychological Methods of Healing; An Introduction to
Psychotherapy. London University of London Press, Ltd., 1938.
———. Suggestion and Mental Analysis. New York Doran,
1922.

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