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Ian P. Stevenson, M.D., died February 8, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at age 88. Dr. Stevenson is known worldwide for his research, conducted over more than 40
 

Summary: Ian P. Stevenson, M.D., died February 8, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at age 88.
Dr. Stevenson is known worldwide for his research, conducted over more than 40
years, on cases of the reincarnation type and other evidence for survival after death. Born
in Montreal, Canada, on October 31, 1918, he was educated at St. Andrew's University in
Scotland and McGill University in Montreal, and he received his medical degree from
McGill in 1943, earning an award for the highest aggregate in all subjects forming the
medical curriculum. After a brief period of research in biochemistry, Stevenson,
dissatisfied with its reductionism, looked for a way to study what he considered
"something closer to the whole human being." In the late 1940s, therefore, he joined a
group at New York Hospital and began research in psychosomatic medicine, particularly
on the effects of stress and strong emotions on physical symptoms. This work eventually
led him to training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and in 1957, at the young age of 38,
he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the
University of Virginia.
Long periods of seclusion due to a childhood illness helped foster his lifelong
habit of voracious reading. In 1935 he started keeping a list of every book he read, and
by 2003 it numbered 3535 books. His extraordinarily wide reading in history in
particular showed him the transience of ideas and convictions once considered
immutable, and he strongly resisted the temptation of many scientists to "accept current
knowledge as forever fixed." As a result, throughout his life he experienced the

  

Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences