Institut Métapsychique International
Founded by Jean Meyer at 89 Ave. Niel, Paris, in 1918, and
recognized as an institute of public utility. The first director was
Gustav Geley, who was assisted by a committee consisting of
Charles Richet, a Professor Santoliquido, Count de Gramont
of the Institut of France, Medical Inspector General Dr. Calmette,
Camille Flammarion, former Minister of State Jules
Roche, and a Dr. Treissier of the Hospital of Lyons. Later
members were Sir Oliver Lodge, Ernesto Bozzano, and a Professor
Leclainche, a member of the institute and inspector general
of sanitary services. Later, Eugén Osty became director
and Richet was elected president. The institute published a
journal, La Revue Métapsychique.
An important phase of the work of the institute was to invite
public men of eminence in science and literature to witness the
investigations. Invitations to a hundred men of science were extended
by Geley to the séances with ‘‘Eva C.’’ The institute installed
infrared photography equipment with which it was possible
to take 1,000 fully exposed pictures per second. The
apparatus cost about $2,500, but was so noisy and technically
impractical it could not be put to much use.
The most important experiments after Osty took office were
conducted with Rudi Schneider. The medium produced an invisible
substance that—though it could not be seen—
intercepted the passage of an infrared ray emitted from an apparatus
outside his reach. The interception was automatically
registered on a revolving cylinder.

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