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MacPherson, Donald

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of UK psychologist George Humphrey (1889-1966) – who held various academic posts in Canada and the USA 1916-1947 and later became professor of psychology at Oxford – for two sf novels influenced by Freudian Psychology. Go Home, Unicorn (1935) is a Scientific Romance set in Montreal, in which the life of a research Scientist – loved by two women, one jealous – is much confused by projections, into the world of matter, of their (and other people's) mental fantasies, brought into being by the X-ray field he is using to create mutations (see Mutants) in guinea-pigs; there is much scientific speculation, rather far-fetched, about the nature of the mind/matter division. The sequel, Men Are Like Animals (1937), features the same research scientist Reggie Brooks, and involves a device that controls thoughts. [PN/DRL]

George William Humphrey

born Boughton, Kent: 17 July 1889

died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 24 April 1966

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