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Civil engineer, author. B. October 1854; d. December 20, 1937, Kew, London. Government service, India, 1874-1894; headmaster of preparatory school for twenty years following his return to England.

De Brath attended his firs seanse in 1890, the medium being Cecil Husk, who was exposed as a fraud soon afterward. Whether de Brath accepted the phenomenal at this sitting as genuine is not clear, but from then onward he engaged actively in psychical research and soon came to accept spiritualistic beliefs. After World Ward I he went to Paris where he collaborated with the famous French researcher Gustave Geley (q.v.) at the Institut Métapsychique. In 1924 he became editor of Psychic Science, the journal of the British College of Psychic Science, London, a post he held for the following twelve years.

Books by de Brath include: Psychic Philosophy (pseudonym V. C. Desertis; 1909); The Mysteries of Life (1915); The Science of Peace (1916); Psychical Research, Science and Religion (1925); Religion of the Spirit (1927); The Drama of Europe (1930). He also translated into English from teh French the books From the Unconscious to the Conscious, by Gustave Geley, (1920); Supernormal Faculties in Man, by Eugène Osty, q.v. (1923); Thirty Years of Psychical Research, by Charles Richet, q.v. (1923). De Brath also contributed numbers articles to the journals Psychic Science and Light.

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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