THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
Editor, Proceedings, Society for Psychical Research, London, 1899-1916; organizing secretary, 1903-16; research officer, 1908-16. B. 186-?, d. January 13, 1940, Cambridge, England. Educ. Newnham College, Cambridge (elected Bathurst Student 1882). Demonstrator in animal morphology, Balfour Laboratory, 1884-90.
Alice Johnson's interest in psychical research stemmed from her close association with Mrs. Henry Sidgwick (q.v.), whose personal secretary she was for several years. In 1889 Miss Johnson took part in the first series of sittings held in England with the American medium Mrs. Leonore Piper (q.v.), and in the following year assisted in the so-called "Brighton experiments" in thought-transference with Mrs. Sidgwick and others. She did important work on the SPR Census of Hallucinations (19889-94) and after the death of Frederic Myers (q.v.) in the preparation for publication of Myers' Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death.
Miss Johnson also work with the "SPR group" of automatists (persons investigated by the Society who produced automatic writing or verbal "messages" in trance), and several of her most important reports were connected with them. Her articles published in teh SPR Proceedings include "Report of Some Recent Sittings for Psychical Phenomena in America" (1908-9); "On the Automatic Writing of Mrs. Holland" (1908-9); "The Education of the Sitter" (1908-9); "Supplementary Notes on Mrs. Holland's Scripts (1910); "Second Report on Mrs. Holland's Scripts" (1910); "Third Report on Mrs. Hollands's Scripts" (1910); "Mrs. Henry Sidgwick's Work in Psychical Research" (1936-7).
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications