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Title: William Fletcher Barrett and Psychical Research in Edwardian Dublin
Authors: McCorristine, Shane
First Published: 13-Jan-2011
Publisher: Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses
Citation: Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 6 Pages 39-53
Abstract: Although primarily known today as a physicist and founder member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), William Fletcher Barrett (1844-1925) was an important figure in social and scientific circles in late Victorian and Edwardian Ireland. From the 1870s onwards, when he became Professor of Experimental Physics at the Royal College of Science for Ireland, Barrett created an interest in psychical research among prominent members of the social and cultural elite in Dublin. This article reconstructs the history and membership of the little-known Dublin Section of the SPR (1908-c.1914), in which Barrett was the leading personality, and sketches out some conclusions which can be drawn from the make-up of this forgotten group.
ISSN: 1699-311X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © Copyright for articles published in Estudios Irlandeses is retained by the authors. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.
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