Ian Stevenson

1918 - 2007

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Ian Pretyman Stevenson (October 31, 1918 – February 8, 2007) was a Canadian-born American psychiatrist. He worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for fifty years, as chair of the department of psychiatry from 1957 to 1967, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry from 1967 to 2001, and Research Professor of Psychiatry from 2002 until his death.As founder and director of the university's Division of Perceptual Studies, which investigates the paranormal, Stevenson became known for his research into cases he considered suggestive of reincarnation, the idea that emotions, memories, and even physical bodily features can be transferred from one life to another. Over a period of forty years in international fieldwork, he investigated three thousand cases of children who claimed to remember past lives. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian Stevenson has received more than 387,382 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Ian Stevenson is the 619th most popular philosopher (down from 618th in 2019), the 85th most popular biography from Canada (up from 89th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Ian Stevenson ranks 619 out of 1,089Before him are Pierre Charron, Maurice Blondel, Johan Vilhelm Snellman, William Paley, Roman Ingarden, and Zeno of Sidon. After him are Dignāga, Ernst Moritz Arndt, Fulbert of Chartres, Zhiyi, Arete of Cyrene, and Jean-Marie Guyau.

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Among people born in 1918, Ian Stevenson ranks 89Before him are W. Eugene Smith, Edwin G. Krebs, Bebo Valdés, Choi Hong Hi, Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, and Huber Matos. After him are Helmut Lent, Gara Garayev, Theodore Sturgeon, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Lo Wei, and Ben Johnson. Among people deceased in 2007, Ian Stevenson ranks 87Before him are Maria Gripe, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Aaron Russo, Kisho Kurokawa, Michael Jackson, and Paul Cohen. After him are Delbert Mann, Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven, Steve Fossett, Nobuo Matsunaga, Luigi Comencini, and Denny Doherty.

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Among people born in Canada, Ian Stevenson ranks 85 out of 1,130Before him are Victor Garber (1949), Norman Jewison (1926), John Candy (1950), Maurice Richard (1921), Jacques Villeneuve (1971), and Brian Tracy (1944). After him are Joe Weider (1919), Norma Shearer (1902), Jack L. Warner (1892), Gerald Bull (1928), James Doohan (1920), and Wayne Gretzky (1961).


Among philosophers born in Canada, Ian Stevenson ranks 3Before him are Marshall McLuhan (1911) and Charles Taylor (1931). After him are Ian Hacking (1936), Northrop Frye (1912), G. A. Cohen (1941), Bernard Lonergan (1904), Patricia Churchland (1943), Paul Churchland (1942), Leonard Peikoff (1933), and Will Kymlicka (1962).