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Charles Richet

Charles RichetAKA Charles Robert Richet

Born: 26-Aug-1850
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 4-Dec-1935
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Studied anaphylaxis and ectoplasm

Charles Richet's research advanced the scientific understanding of asthma, epilepsy, hay fever, and tuberculosis. He researched anaphylaxis, an acute, severe, sometimes fatal allergic reaction to a second injection of an antigen, work which won Richet the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1913. He edited the scientific journals Revue Scientifique (Scientific Review)and Journal de Physiologie et de Pathologie Générale (Physiology and General Pathology).

While he was a student, Richet had a vision, which started his lifelong interest in the paranormal. With Pierre and Marie Curie, he conducted extensive studies of hypnosis and mediums, leading to his Theory of Cryptesthesia, which proposed extra-sensory perception -- "a faculty of cognition which has no relation to our normal means of knowledge". He also coined the term 'ectoplasm' to describe the slimy substance produced by the manifestation of spirits, and edited the not-so-scientific journal Revue Métapsychique (Metaphysical Review).

Father: Louis Dominique Alfred Richet (physician, b. 1816, d. 1891)
Mother: Eugenie Renouard Richet
Wife: Amélie Aubry Richet (m. 1877)
Son: Charles Richet
Son: Jacques Richet
Son: Georges Richet
Daughter: Louise Richet Lesné
Daughter: Adèle Richet le Ber
Son: Albert Richet
Son: Alfred Richet

    University: Collège de France, Paris (1876-82)
    Medical School: MD, Sorbonne (1869)
    University: PhD Science, Sorbonne (1878)
    Teacher: Medicine, Collège de France, Paris (1878-86)
    Professor: Sorbonne (1887-1927)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1913
    French Legion of Honor 1926
    Freemasonry
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
Lectures on the Muscles and Nerves (1881)
Lectures on Animal Heat (1884)
Metapsychical Phenomena: Methods and Observations (1905)
Anaphylaxis (1913)
Treaty of Metapsychics (1922)
Thirty Years of Psychical Research: Being a Treatise on Metaphysics (1923, memoirs)
Our Sixth Sense (1928)
The Future and Premonition (1931)
The Great Hope (1933)


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