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Crookes, Sir William, 1832-–1919 (Knight, chemist and science journalist)



  • Existence: 1832-–1919


Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), chemist and physicist, spent his career mostly in London, in independent research, consultancy and journalism. He founded Chemical News in 1859 and was its editor until 1906. In 1870 Crookes decided to study preternatural phenomena associated with spiritualism, and studied mediums such as D.D. Home and Kate Fox, and particularly Florence Cook, who produced for him many alleged materialisations of a phantom called Katey King. Crookes was elected FRS in 1863 and was President in 1913-15; he was President of SPR in 1897.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

 Item — Box: MS Add.7655/I-III: Box 1

Letter from William Crookes to J.C. Maxwell, 14 Mar. 1876 (SLP 593n)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS.Add.7655/II/107
Scope and Contents From the Series:

A principal series of scientific correspondence, drafts and notes totalling 242 items, letters written to J.C. Maxwell from many scientists and institutions of Maxwell's day dating from his early days at Cambridge University until the day of his death.

Dates: 14 Mar. 1876 (SLP 593n)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: RESTRICTED - Use Microfilms CMO5028-CMO5042. List in catalogue

Sir William Crookes: Papers, Correspondence, and Newscuttings, 1870-1966

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS SPR/13
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: The collection includes papers of individuals involved in psychical research, collections of papers relating to specific cases of paranormal activity, papers relating to the administration of the Society and also research and medium files. The collections include correspondence, notes, diagrams, drawings, photographs, newspaper articles and printed pamphlets.Held on deposit from the Society for Psychical Research since 1990. PLEASE NOTE: Due to GDPR, material post-1932...
Dates: 1870-1966
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (