Fernández, José S(alvador) (1893–1967)
A civil engineer and for many years the president of Colegio
Argentino de Estudios Psiquicos (Argentine College of Psychic
Studies). Fernández was born February 16, 1893, in Buenos
Aires and studied at Buenos Aires University. His wife was a
clairvoyant, and through the 1930s Fernández championed
the cause of both Spiritualism and parapsychology in Argentina.
He was the first Argentinian to adopt the quantitative methodology
as advocated by J. B. Rhine, and made early statistical
studies of clairvoyance and precognition. He also founded the
ATMAN Spiritualist Circle in 1933 and attended meetings of
the Psyke Circle to sit with mediums and clairvoyants. He
helped revive psychical studies after World War II and served
successively as the president of the Sociedad Argentina de
Parapsicologia (1948–53), the Instituto Argentino de Parapsicologia
(1953–55), and the Argentino de Estudios Psiquicos
(1957–67).
Fernández was a member of the Sociedad Constancia and
was assistant editor of the psychic journal Constancia. He contributed
many articles on parapsychology to journals in Argentina,
Brazil, Portugal, Mexico, and Great Britain. He died
March 14, 1967.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Fernández, José S. Application of the Statistical Method to the
Study of Cryptesthetic Phenomena. N.p., 1942.
———. Clairvoyance and Probability. N.p., 1941.
———. Experimental Parapsychology. N.p., 1953.
———. A Mathematical Preface to the Study of ESP. N.p., 1949.
———. Parapsychology and the Existence of the Soul. N.p.,
1959.
———. Philosophical and Scientific Bases for Survival and Reincarnation.
N.p., 1957.
———. The Photoelectric Cell and Perception of the Spiritual
World. N.p., 1932.

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