THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
W(ILLIAM) H(ENRY) SALTER
Retired barrister; president, Society for Psychical Research, London, 1947-48. B. March 19, 1880, London. Educ. St. Paul's School, London, 1892-98; Trinity College, Cambridge, 1989-1902 (M.A., LL.B.). M. 1915, Helen Woollgar de Gaudrion Verrall, q.v.; (d. 1959): 1 d., 1 s. Barrister, 1905-21; served with Ministry of Munitions, 1916-21; awareded M.B.E., 1918.
Mr. Salter holds the distinction of having known and worked with many of the best-known psychical researchers of the period stretching from the early 1900's to the present day. He joined the SPR in 1916 and, besides his term as president, served the organization as honorary treasurer (1921-31); honorary secretary (1924-58) and vice-president (1959).
Not unnaturally in view of the fact that his wife was the daughter of the celebrated automatist Mrs. Margaret de Gaudrion Verrall (q.v.), and was herself a participant in the famous SPR "cross-correspondences," Mr. Salter has made a special study of this series of automatic scripts, upon which he is regarded as an authority. His special interests in parapsychology also embrace telepathy, appparitions, mediumship and the question of survival.
Mr. Salter's publications include Ghosts and Apparitions (1938); The Society for Psychical Research; An Outline of Its History (1948); and Zoar: The Evidence of Psychical Research Concerning Survival, (1961). He has also contributed extensively to the SPR Journal and Proceedings, including, in the latter, "An Experiment in Pseudo-Scripts" (Vol. 36, Part 103, 1927); "Some Automatic Scripts Purported to be Inspired by Margaret Veley" (Vol. 38, Part 110, 1928-29); "Presidential Address" 91948);
F.W.H. Myers' Posthumous Message" (Vol. 52, Part 187, 1958). Residence: The Crown House, Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex, England.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications