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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY

WALTER LEAF

Banker, classical scholar. B. November 28, 1952, London; d. March 8, 1927, Torquay, England. Educ. Harrow School; Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1874; M.A., 1877). M. 1894, Charlotte Mary Symonds; 1 d., 1 s. Awarded Craven Scholarship, 1873; fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1875; became partner in Leaf & Co., 1877 (chairman, 1888). Chairman of committee of London clearing banks, 1918-19; president, Institute of Bankers, 1919-21; president, International Chamber of Commerce, 1924-26. D. Litt., Oxford, 1904; member of London County Council, 1901-04; president, Hellenic Society, 1914-19; hon. fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1920; presidential Classical Assn., 1921.

Leaf possessed a great intellectual range: he was a brillant linguist, an accomplished musician, an authority on political economy and an active social worker. His reputation rests chiefly on his work as a Greek scholar.

An important although skeptical member of the Society for Psychical Research, London, he served for many years on the organization's council (1889-1902). Leaf took a leading part in the sittings held by the SPR in 1889-90 with the American medium Mrs. Leonore Piper (q.v.), both as organizer and sitter. He became convinced that what "survives" is a "cluster of memories" that cannot be regarded as a personality and that is gradually disintegrating. His publications include The Story f Achilles (with J. H. Pratt; 1880)' Companion to the Iliad (1892); Troy, a Study in Homeric Geography (1912); Homer and History (1915); numerous contributions to Hellenic Studies, Journal of Philology, Geographical Journal, and other periodicals, and reviews and notes in the SPR Proceedings.


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


 
 

 

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