Stratton, F(rederick) J(ohn) M(arrian)
(1881–1960)
Professor of astrophysics and a notable member of the Society
for Psychical Research (SPR), London. He was born on
October 16, 1881, in Birmingham, England. He studied at
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (B.A., 1904;
M.A., 1908). In 1928 he began his long tenure as professor of
astrophysics and director of the Solar Physics Observatory,
Cambridge (1928–47), with time out during World War II to
serve with the Royal Corps of Signals. After the war he became
president of Gonville and Caius College (1946–48).
An outstanding scientist of his day, Stratton took a great interest
in spontaneous phenomena concerning psi and hauntings,
and his reports appear in the Journal of the SPR. He was
a member of the SPR for some 60 years and served as president
(1953–55) and vice president (1955–60). He was also a charter
member of the Parapsychological Association. He died September
2, 1960.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Stratton, F. J. M. ‘‘Four Modern Ghosts.’’ Journal of the Society
for Psychical Research 39 (1938).
———. ‘‘Psychical Research—A Lifelong Interest.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research (1953).