Sudre, René (1880– )
Scientific writer and parapsychologist. Sudre was born April
19, 1880, at Angoulême, France. He received degrees from
Poitiers Academy and the University of Paris.
As a writer and teacher he held a variety of positions between
the world wars. He was a scientific commentator for
Radiodiffusion Française (1926–40), a writer on psychic research
for Mercure de France (1925–28), a professor at École des
Hautes Etudes Sociales, Paris (1931–40), and a scientific writer
for the Journal des Débats (1935–40). After the war he worked for
the French Ministry of Information, the Foreign Ministry
(1945–56), and for the Revue des Deux Mondes beginning in
1949. He won a number of awards for his writing.
Sudre experimented in many fields of parapsychology and
spent many years attempting to show that psi phenomena were
a matter for science. He argued for a coherent theoretical approach
to psi and believed that the universe was permeated
with a creative power that accounted for all psychic phenomena.
He believed that the assumptions of Spiritualism were erroneous
and that all living creatures possessed some extrasensory
faculty. He was a corresponding member of the National
Laboratory of Psychical Research, London University; secretary
of French committees for international conferences on
psychical research in Copenhagen (1922) and Warsaw (1923);
and a member of the Society for Psychical Research, London.
Besides his own books, he translated into French various books
on parapsychology by William James, Sir William Barrett, J.
B. Rhine, and T. K. Oesterreich and contributed numerous articles
to such journals as Psychic Research (1926–31) and Revue
Métapsychique (1922–26).
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.
Sudre, René. Le Huitième art—Mission de la radio (The Eighth
Art—Mission of Radio). N.p., 1946.
———. Introduction à la métapsychique humaine (Introduction
to Human Metapsychics). N.p., 1929.
———. ‘‘Is the Soul Material’’ Psychic Research 24 (1930).
———. La Lutte pour la métapsychique (The Fight for Parapsychology).
N.p., 1928.
———. Les Nouvelles énigmes de l’univers (New Enigmas of the
Universe). N.p., 1943.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Sudre, René
———. Personnages d’au-delà (People from the Beyond).
N.p., 1945.
———. Traité de parapsychologie. 1956. Translated as Treatise
on Parapsychology Essay on the Scientific Interpretation of the
Human Phenomenon Known as the Supernatural. New York Citadel
Press, 1960.