Dunne, J(ohn) W(illiam) (1875–1949)
Parasychologist who studied the implications of dreams for
survival of death. Dunne was born in Roscommon, Ireland, but
lived and worked in Britain. He was a pioneer aeronautical engineer
and in 1904 invented the stable, tailless airfoil, which
was named after him. Between 1906 and 1907 he built and flew
the first British military airplane.
In the field of parapsychology he achieved a lasting position
through his theories on dreams. In his book An Experiment with
Time (1927) he describes his own experiments with dreaming,
from which he concluded that precognitive elements frequently
occur in dreams. The book has been frequently reprinted.
Dunne developed a theory called ‘‘serialism,’’ which postulates
an infinite series of dimensions within time, giving any
present moment extensions into the past and future. His later
books developing this theory are The Serial Universe (1934), The
New Immortality (1938), and Nothing Dies (1940). He died August
24, 1949, in Banbury, England.
Sources
Dunne, J. W. An Experiment with Time. New York Macmillan,
1927.
Prince, Walter Franklin. Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences.
Boston Boston Society for Psychical Occurrences, 1928.
Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963