Smythies, J(ohn) R(aymond) (1922– )
University lecturer and psychiatrist who has written widely
on parapsychology. He was born on November 30, 1922, at
Naini Tal, U.P., India. He studied at Cambridge University
and the University of British Columbia. He settled in Edinburgh
and for many years was a senior lecturer at the Department
of Psychological Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and
a consultant psychiatrist at Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Scotland
(1961–73). In 1973 he was named C. B. Ireland Professor of
Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In
1957 he began a lengthy tenure as editor of the International Review
of Neurobiology.
In addition to his many papers on psychological and psychiatric
subjects, Smythies has special interest in the theoretical
basis of ESP. He was a member of the Society for Psychical Research
(SPR), London, and has published various articles in the
Journal of the SPR and Tomorrow. He also attended the International
Conferences on Philosophy and Parapsychology and Unorthodox
Healing, St. Paul de Vence, France, 1954, and the
Conference on Parapsychology and Psychedelics, New York,
1958.
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.
Smythies, John Raymond. Science and the ESP. London
Routledge & K. Paul 1922. Reprint, New York Humanities
Publications, 1967.
Smythies, John Raymond, and Arthur Koestler, ed. Beyond
Reductionism New Perspectives in the Science of Life. London
Hitchinson, 1969. Reprint, New York Macmillian, 1970; London
Hutchinson, 1972.