Stevenson, Ian (1918– )
Physician, professor of psychiatry, and parapsychologist.
His special area of study has been used as evidence for survival,
and apparent memories of former incarnations. Stevenson was
born on October 31, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He
studied at McGill University, Montreal (B.S., 1943, M.D.,
1944). He held positions at Cornell Medical College (1947–49),
Louisiana State University (1949–1957), and the Department
of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Virginia School of
Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, beginning in 1957.
Stevenson was a charter member of the Parapsychological
Association and a member of the American Society for Psychical
Research. He wrote on various issues in parapsychology,
but was particularly concerned with evidence supporting the
belief of reincarnation. His research and writing concentrated
in that area, beginning with his contest winning essay in honor
of William James, ‘‘The Evidence for Survival from Claimed
Memories of Former Incarnations’’ (1961). His publications include
8 books on parapsychology, 136 articles dealing with
medicine, and 70 articles that address parapsychology.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Stevenson, Ian. ‘‘An Antagonist’s View of Parapsychology. A
Review of Professor Hansel’s ‘ESP A Scientific Evaluation.’&43’’
Journal of American Society for Psychical Research
61 (July 1967).
———. Cases of the Reincarnation Type. 3 vols. Charlottesville
University Press of Virginia, 1975–1983.
———. ‘‘A Review & Analysis of Paranormal Experiences
Connected with the Sinking of the Titanic.’’ Journal of American
Society for Psychical Research 54 (1961).
———. Telepathic Impressions A Review and Report of Thirtyfive
New Cases. Charlottesville University Press of Virginia,
1970.
———. Twelve Cases in Lebanon & Turkey. N.p., 1980.
———. Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. 2d ed. Charlottesville
University Press of Virginia, 1974.