Swann, William F(rancis) G(ray)
(1884–1962)
Physicist and educator who wrote on parapsychology. He
was born on August 29, 1884, at Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.
He studied at the Royal College of Science, London;
University College; King’s College; the University of London;
and City and Guilds of London Institute. Swann was an authority
on cosmic radiation and atomic structure and was head of the
Bartol Research Foundation of Franklin Institute at Swarthmore
for 32 years. He had previously taught at the Royal College
of Science, London and at the University of Sheffield.
Early in his career he was successively employed as the head
of the physical division of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
at the Carnegie Institute, Washington, D.C.; the University
of Minnesota (1918–23); the University of Chicago
(1923–24); and Yale University (1924–27). His interest in parapsychology
was by way of physics and philosophy. He died January
29, 1962, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Swann, William F. G. ‘‘Is the Universe Planned’’ Journal of
the Franklin Institute (May 1953).
———. ‘‘The Known and the Unknown.’’ Journal of the
Franklin Institute (May 1955).
———. ‘‘Nature and the Mind of Man.’’ Journal of the Franklin
Institute (June 1956).
———. ‘‘Reality, Imagery and Fantasy.’’ Journal of the Franklin
Institute (May 1957).
———. ‘‘The Science of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.’’
Journal of the Franklin Institute (March 1960).