Johnson, Alice (1860–1940)
Prominent figure in British psychical research. Johnson was
organizing secretary of the Society for Psychical Research
(SPR), London, from 1903 to 1916, research officer from 1908
to 1916, and editor of the society’s Proceedings from 1899 to
1916. Born in Cambridge, England, she was educated at Newham
College, Cambridge University (Bathurst student 1882).
From 1884 to 1890 she was a demonstrator in animal morphology
at the Balfour Laboratory.
Johnson became interested in psychical research through
her association with Eleanor Sidgwick and became her personal
secretary. Johnson participated in the first sittings in England
with the American medium Leonora Piper in 1889 and
assisted in the SPR Census of Hallucinations between 1889
and 1894. In 1901 she collaborated with Richard Hodgson on
the preparation of the F. W. H. Myers book Human Personality
and Its Survival of Bodily Death, which was published after
Myers’s death. Johnson also reported on the SPR group of mediums
investigated in connection with automatic phenomena
(writing and trance messages). She died January 13, 1940.
Sources
Johnson, Alice. ‘‘The Education of the Sitter.’’ Proceedings of
the Society for Psychical Research (1908–09).
———. ‘‘Mrs. Henry Sidgwick’s Work in Psychical Research.’’
Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research
(1936–37).
———. ‘‘On the Automatic Writing of Mrs. Holland.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research (1908–09).
———. ‘‘Report of Some Recent Sittings for Physical Phenomena
in America.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical
Research (1908–09).
———. ‘‘Second Report on Mrs. Holland’s Scripts.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research (1910).
———. ‘‘Supplementary Notes on Mrs. Holland’s Scripts.’’
Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (1910).
———. ‘‘Third Report on Mrs. Holland’s Scripts.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research (1910).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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