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William Fletcher Barrett

1844–1925

Jamaica-born physicist and psychical researcher. Brought to England, 1848. Assistant at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1863–7; science master at the International College, London, 1867–9; lecturer on physics at the Royal School of Naval Architecture, 1869–73. Professor of physics at the Royal College of Science, Dublin, 1873–1910. Investigated mesmerism and poltergeists. Founded the Society for Psychical Research in 1882. Experimented on thought transference. Knighted, 1912. FRS 1899.

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