THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
J. ARTHUR HILL
Writer, psychical researcher. B. December 4, 1872; d. March 22, 1951, Thorton, Bradford, Yorksire, England. Educ. Thorton Grammar School, Bradford. Hill was a manufaturer's manager until 1898, when he was stricken by a heart ailment. As an invalid, he took up the study of psychical research. He made an intensive study of the literature and had numerous sittings with mediums, and as a result came to accept the survival hypothesis. For many years he assisted Sir Oliver Lodge (q.v.) with is correspondence on the subject. He served on the Council of the Society for Psychical Research, London, from 1927 until 1935, when failing health compelled him to resign.
Hill was author of Religion and Modern Psychology (1911); New Evidences in Psychical Research (1911); Psychical Investigations (1917); Spiritualism, Its History, Phenomena and Doctrine (1918); Man Is a Spirit (1918); Emerson and His Philosophy (1919); From Agnosticism to Belief (1924); Psychcial Science and Religious Belief (1928); Spiritualism and Psychical Research (not dated); Psychical Miscellanea (not dated). For the SPR Proceedings, he also wrote the article "Some Reincarnationist Automatic Script" (Vol. 38, Part 110, 1929), and he contributed articles on psychical research and spiritualism to a variety of periodicals, including the Spectator, National Review, Light, and the SPR Journal.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications