Schiller, F(erdinand) C(anning) S(cott)
(1864–1937)
Author, philosopher, and president of the Society for Psychical
Research, London (1914). He was born on August 16,
1864, at Ottensen, near Altona, Germany. He was educated at
Rugby School, and Balliol College, Oxford University (M.A.,
D.Sc., LL.D.). He moved to the United States, taught philosophy
at Cornell University for four years and then spent many
years as a private tutor. He joined the SPR in 1884.
He became an active member of the SPR and served terms
as president and vice president (1920–28). His earliest contribution
to the society’s Proceedings was on automatic writing experiments
(vol. 4, pt. 11, 1887). He later contributed frequent
reviews and articles on psychological and philosophical aspects
to both the Proceedings and the Journal of the SPR and other
psychic and non-psychic periodicals.
He was author of the articles on psychical research in the Encyclopedia
Britannica (11th edition, 1920) and of articles on Spiritism
and telepathy in Hasting’s Encyclopedia of Religion and
Ethics. He also authored a number of books on various philosophical
questions. He died August 6, 1937.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.