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John Poynton


Prof. John C. Poynton, MSc, PhD, OMS, is Professor Emeritus of biology at the University of Natal, South Africa, a research associate of the Natural History Museum, London, and a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London. Prof. Poynton's main research has been in African zoology and biogeography; he has also published in the philosophy of science and in psychical research. He served on the council of the South African Society for Psychical Research, and subsequently on the council of the Society for Psychical Research in London, where he was the Hon. Secretary from 1997 to his election as President in 2004. He stood down after three years, and was elected President for a second term in 2016.


Buckmaster Oversight Committee

Oversees publications projects funded by the legacy of Nigel Buckmaster, including the creation of the Psi Encyclopedia

Chairman: Dr Richard Broughton

Members: Mary Rose Barrington, Prof. Bernard Carr, John Fraser, Alan Murdie, Prof. John Poynton, Adrian Ryan, Dr Zofia Weaver


Editorial Board

Provides academic editorial advice for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research

Chairman: Prof. John Poynton

Members: Dr Carlos Alvarado, Prof. Stephan Braude, Dr Richard Broughton, Prof. Bernard Carr, Prof. Deborah Delanoy, Dr Alan Gauld, Dr James Houran, Prof. Adrian Parker, Adrian Ryan, Dr Stefan Schmidt, Dr Paul Stevens, Dr Carl Williams, Prof. Robin Wooffitt

Library Committee

Acquires new titles for the SPR library

Chairman: Dr Tom Ruffles

Members: Robert McLuhan, Dr John Newton, Karen Patel, Prof. John Poynton, Dr Melvyn Willin