FAMOUS BRITISH writer and creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. President of the
College of Psychic Studies, Federation Spirite Internationale and the
London Spiritualist Alliance.
By twenty years old and in his third year of medical studies, Doyle was
offered the post of ship's surgeon on the Hope, a whaling boat, about to
leave for the Arctic Circle. In 1881 he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine
and Master of Surgery degree. Doyle's first gainful employment after his
graduation was as a medical officer on the steamer Mayuba.
In March 1886, he started writing the novel which catapulted him to fame.
At first it was named A Tangled Skein and the two main characters were
called Sheridan Hope and Ormond Sacker.
His first introduction to supernormal phenomena took place while he was
yet a physician at Southsea. In the years between 1885-88 he was invited
to take part in table-turning experiments at the house of a patient,
General Drayson, a teacher in the Greenwich Naval College, a keen
mathematician and a man of scholarly education. He later joined the SPR
and carried out a series of experiments with a Mrs. Ball and satisfied
himself that telepathy was a fact. As regards survival, in 1902 when he
first met Sir Oliver Lodge he had not arrived at a definite conclusion.
But Myers' Human Personality made a deep impression on his mind. His
wife, a levelheaded woman, came to share Doyle's interest in psychical
research and survival, and actually developed the ability of
Source (with modifications): An Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science by Nandor Fodor (1934).
Articles by Arthur Conan Doyle on this website:
The Career of Daniel D. Home
The Career of Eusapia Palladino
Henry Slade and Dr. Monck
Great Mediums from 1870 to 1900: Charles H. Foster - Madame d'Esperance - William Eglinton - Stainton Moses
Some Great Modern Mediums
Books by Arthur Conan Doyle on this website: