17 October 1880
St. Helier, Jersey
|Died||26 December 1958(aged 78)|
|Organization||Society for Psychical Research|
Hereward Carrington, Ph.D. (born Hubert Lavington) (17 October 1880 – 26 December 1958) was a well-known British investigator of psychic phenomena and author. His subjects included several of the most high-profile cases of apparent psychic ability of his times, and he wrote over 100 books on subjects including the paranormal and psychical research, conjuring and stage magic, and alternative health issues.
Early life 
Carrington was born in St Helier, Jersey in 1880. He emigrated to the USA in 1899 and settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked initially as a journalist. Initially a sceptic about psychic abilities, his interest grew from reading books on the subject and at the age of 19 he joined the American branch of the Society for Psychical Research (S.P.R.).
An important early case Carrington investigated and described was that of the medium Eusapia Palladino in 1908. Carrington and two companions went to Naples to see her on behalf of the English S.P.R., an experience which strengthened his belief in the reality of psychic phenomena. He described her in his 1909 book Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena, invited her to the USA and helped arrange a tour for her, but was shaken when fraud was twice detected at sittings during her visit. He also made a detailed enquiry into the case of Esther Cox (the Great Amherst Mystery) in 1910. The events surrounding Cox had occurred more than thirty years previously, but Carrington contacted surviving witnesses for statements and published a detailed account of the Amherst phenomena.
Among Carrington's best known subjects was Mina "Margery" Crandon whom he observed in 1924 on behalf of the Scientific American as part of an enquiry into Spiritualism, sitting on a committee alongside Harry Houdini, Malcolm Bird, William McDougall, Walter Franklin Prince and Daniel Frost Comstock. The committee had differing opinions on Crandon, and eventually only Carrington inclined to the belief that her powers were genuine, although subsequent evidence of possible fraud again led him to express doubts about her, writing that he maintained a "perfectly open mind" about such phenomena pending the arrival of better evidence one way or the other.
Carrington gained his Ph.D. in 1918. In 1921 Carrington founded the American Psychical Institute. It operated for only two years, but he later reconstituted it in 1933 in New York with the assistance of his wife Marie Carrington, Among other researches he made a detailed study of the medium Eileen J. Garrett. Carrington's 1957 book The Case for Psychic Survival is devoted to Garrett, and he appears to have found in her convincing evidence for, as he put it, "the existence of mental entities independent of the control of the medium".
Carrington kept extensive records of his research and investigations, and corresponded with notable figures of the day including Israel Regardie, Nandor Fodor and Aleister Crowley. A large collection of his writings and correspondence is held by Heidieh Croce the heir to Marie Carrington's Estate. As well as the Princeton University library.
He can be heard as a contestant on the 7th October 1953 radio edition of You Bet Your Life.
Published work 
Carrington published more than 100 books and pamphlets; the following is a selection of some of his major works (in date order):
- The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism (Boston : H. B. Turner & co., 1907)
- The Coming Science (Boston : Small, Maynard, 1908)
- Vitality, Fasting, and Nutrition (New York, Rebman company, 1908)
- Eusapia Palladino and her Phenomena (New York : B.W. Dodge & Co., 1909)
- Death Deferred
- Death, its Causes and Phenomena (1911)
- Hindu Magic (Kansas City, Mo.: The Sphinx, 1913)
- Personal experiences in spiritualism (including the official account and record of the American Palladino séances) (London, T. W. Laurie, ltd, 1913).
- The Problems of Psychical Research (New York, Dodd, Mead, 1914)
- True Ghost Stories (New York: J. S. Ogilvie Pub. Co., 1915)
- Zenobia; (a dream of ancient Egypt). A psychic drama in seven scenes (1916).
- Personal Experiences in Spiritualism (1918)
- Psychical Phenomena and the War (New York : Dodd, Mead, 1918)
- Modern Psychical Phenomena (London, Paul, 1919)
- Higher Psychical Development (New York : Dodd, Mead, 1920)
- Your Psychic Powers, and How to Develop Them (1920)
- Death: the Causes and Phenomena, with Special Reference to Immortality (1921)
- Life: It's Origin and Nature (1923)
- Spiritualism (with James Joseph Walsh) (1925)
- The Projection of the Astral Body (with Sylvan Muldoon) (1929)
- The Story of Psychic Science (1930)
- Woman's Love Life (1930)
- Loaves and Fishes: A Study of the Miracles, of the Resurrection, and of the Future Life in the Light of Modern Psychic Knowledge (1935)
- Fasting For Health and Long Life (1953)
- Hints on Fasting Well
- Houdini and Conan Doyle (with Bernard M. L. Ernst) (1932)
- A Primer in Psychical Research (1933)
- The Hygienic Way Of Life (1956)
- The Case for Psychic Survival (1957)
- The Fruitarian Diet, Kila, Mont.: Kessinger Pub., 1963, 2005
- Save Your Life By Fasting (1969)
- The History of Natural Hygiene
- The Natural Food Of Man Whitefish, Mont.: Kessinger Pub
Carrington's novel The Mysteries of Myra was made into a 15-episode silent movie series in 1916.
- Carrington, Hereward (1992 (reprint)). Story of Psychic Science. Kessinger. p. 5. ISBN 1-56459-259-6, 9781564592590 Check
- "Hereward Carrington 1880-1958". Website of the International Survivalist Society. 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- Spence, Lewis (2003). Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology Part 1 1 (3rd ed.). Kessinger. pp. 149–150. ISBN 0-7661-2815-6, 9780766128156 Check
- Carrington, Hereward (1930). The Story of Psychic Science. Cited in Spence, op. cit.
- "Hereward Carrington Papers, 1899-1973". Princeton University Library. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- The Mysteries of Myra at IMDB
- Works by Hereward Carrington at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Hereward Carrington in libraries (WorldCat catalog)