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Parapsychologist. B. December 5, 1907, Pennsylvania; d. March 23, 1947, Durham, North Carolina. B.A., 1932, Ph.D., 1941, Duke University. M. 1939, Wilma Kelly: 2 s. Research associate, Parapsychology Laboratory, Duke University, 1934-47.

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics at Duke University, Stuart became interested in the work of J. B. Rhine (q.v.) and began testing his friends and himself for extrasensory perception with significantly successful results. He became a research associate in the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke in 1934, wrote his doctoral thesis on experimental research in ESP, and continued on the laboratory staff until his death, with the exception of two years as a fellow in psychic research at Standford University (1942-44).

Dr. Stuart was particularly interested in psychological conditions and personality factors that may affect extrasensory perception. Using pictures for stimuli, he developed a free-response method for testing ESP and at the time of his death was engaged in research on the relation between ESP performance and the intellectual interests and everyday activities of individual subjects. He also applied his knowledge of mathematics to contribute to statistical methods used in determining test results.

With J. G. Pratt (q.v.), Dr. Stuart was co-author of Handbook for Testing Extrasensory Perception (1939); with Pratt, Rhine, B. M. Smith and J. A. Greenwood (q.v.), he was co-author of Extrasensory Perception after Sixty Years (1940). He aslo contributed numerous papers to the Journal of Parapsychology, including "The Effect of Rate of Movement in Card Matching Tests of Extrasensory Perception" (Vol. 2, 1938); "A Review of Recent Criticisms of ESP Research" (Vols. 2, 3, 1939); "A Classroom ESP Experiment with the Free Response Method" (Vol. 9, 1945); "GESP Experiment with Free Response Method" (Vol. 10, 1946); "An Interest Inventory Relation to ESP Scores" (Vol. 10, 1945). See also biography in Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research (Vol. 41, No. 3, July 1947).

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



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