Education: Fellow Wanted

One London daily headlined the story: GHOST HUNTER SOUGHT. This was the newspaper's way of saying that Cambridge University's oddest fellowship was looking for a candidate again. Cambridge was willing to grant £300 a year (for a maximum of two years) to a qualified and acceptable student who would investigate "some problem in psychical research."

The grant came from an old Canta-Drigian named Frank Duerdin Perrott. When Perrott first made his offer in 1919 —at the start of the spiritualistic inquiries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—the university huffily said no; it suspected a hoax....

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