Newbold, William Romaine (1865–1926)
Philosopher with a special interest in psychical research. He
was born November 20, 1865, at Wilmington, Delaware. He
studied at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1887; Ph.D.,
1891) and did post-graduate study at the University of Berlin
(1891–92). He was a member of the faculty of the University of
Pennsylvania for 37 years, of which the last two decades were
spent as the Adam Seybert Professor of Intellectual and Moral
Philosophy (1907–26). He was an authority on Oriental languages
and Greek philosophy. He became famous for his
achievement in deciphering a medieval manuscript, which he
showed to be the work of Roger Bacon, and for his translation
of Semitic scrawls on the walls of the Roman catacombs.
He was a member of both the Society for Psychical Research
(SPR), London, and the American Society for Psychical
Research (ASPR). He was deeply interested in psychical research
and contributed a number of important articles on the
subject to the Journal and Proceedings of the ASPR and the SPR.
He died September 26, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Newbold, William R. The Cipher of Roger Bacon. Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1928.
———. ‘‘Subconscious Reasoning.’’ Proceedings of the Society
for Psychical Research 12 (1896).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964

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