THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
SAMUEL GEORGE SOAL
Parapsychologist, mathematician, author, lecturer; president Society for Psychical Research, London, 1949-51. B. April 29, 1889, Kirby Moorside, Yorkshire, England. B.Sc. (first class honors mathematics), 1910, M.A. (mathematics), 1914, London University; D.Sc. (psychology), 1945, London University (first doctor of science degree ever awarded in England for work in parapsychology). M. 1942, Beatrice Anne Potter. Lecturer in mathematics, Queen Mary College, University of London, 1911-38; chief instructors in mathematics, Army Officers' School of Education, Oxford, 1918-19; senior lecturer in pure mathematics, Queen Mary College, 1954-58; examiner, London University, 1920-1962.
Myers Memorial lecturer, 1947; Perrott Student in Psychical Research, Cambridge, 1948-49; Fulbright Research Scholar in Parapsychology, 1951. Examiner for higher degrees in mathematics, London University, 1928-58; member Board of Studies in Mathematics, London University, 1938-54; president, Nottingham University Society for Psychical Research, 1938; member London Mathematical Society.
Since 1919 Dr. Soal has specialized in the study of mediumship (1919024), automatic writing (1923-28), and statistical experiments in telepathy and clairvoyance (1927 to the present). Among those with whom he has collaborated in quantitative research are Mrs. K. M. Goldney, Frederick Bateman and J. G. Pratt (qq.v.). He has lectured widely on experimental telepathy in Britain, the United States and France, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, London, Yale, Duke, North Carolina, Washington, Pittsburgh, and many others; before medical societies, scientific bodies and industrial organizations.
Dr. Soal's books include (with Frederick Bateman) Modern Experiments in Telepathy (1954) and (with H. T. Bowden) The Mind Readers (1959). His numerous articles on parapsychology have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Nature, Discovery, New Scientist, Hibbert Journal and the Journal of Parapsychology.
He is also the author of The Experimental Situation in Psychic Research (Myers Memorial Lecture, 1947); "Preliminary Studies of a Vaudeville Telepathist" (Bulletin of the University of London Council for Psychical Investigatin, 1937); and, in the SPR Proceedings: "A Report on Some Communications Received Through Mrs. Blanche Cooper" (Vol. 35, Dec. 1925); "Experiments in Supernormal Perception at a Distance" (Part 123, 1932); "Fresh Light on Card Guessing (Vol. 46, 1940); "Experiments in Precognitive Telepathy" (with K. M. Goldney, Vol. 47, 1943); in the Journal of Parapsychology: "Agents in Opposition and Conjunction" (with Frederick Bateman, Sept. 1950); "ESP Performance and Target Sequence" (with J. G. Pratt, q.v.; Sept. 1951); "Some Relations Between Call Sequence and ESP Performance" (with J.G. Pratt, Spet. 1952). Residence: Cae Garw, Berrws-y-Coed, Caernarvonshire, North Wales, England.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications