Hyslop, George Hall (1892–1965)
American physician, neuropsychiatrist, and psychical researcher.
He was born on December 20, 1892, in New York
City. He studied at Indiana University (B.A., 1913; M.A. psychology,
1914) and Cornell University Medical College (M.D.,
1919). He had a distinguished medical and psychiatric career
and served as president of the New York Neurological Society
(1955–56) and as chair of the section on neurology and psychiatry
of the New York Academy of Medicine (1941–42).
Hyslop was the son of pioneer psychic researcher James
Hervey Hyslop. He joined the board of the American Society
for Psychical Research (ASPR) in 1921, the year after his father’s
death, and suffered through the society’s disruption in
the 1920s. He emerged at the end of the decade as one of the
prime voices demanding the reestablishment of the high standards
of research that had existed during his father’s lifetime.
In 1941, at the time of the merger of the Boston Society for
Psychical Research back into the ASPR, he assumed the mantle
of leadership of the organization and served as president for
the next 21 years. He was also a member of the Society for Psychical
Research, London, and the Parapsychological Association.
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